The reputation of Britain's weird people has been seriously damaged by the Jimmy Savile scandal, according to a survey by Weirdo magazine.
'Since the Savile story broke,' said Weirdo's editor Gary Grossman, 'prejudice against the country's weird community has grown. Our readers have reported people looking at them askance in supermarkets and in the street.'
Satanist, witch, druid and Steiner school governor Georgina Crowley (35), said 'people in Bromley look at me funny now. I've taken to removing my cloak and the toads from my shoulders when I do my weekly shop at Morrisons. It's all that Savile's fault.'
Percy Watson (79), who has just switched from being a Jimmy Savile look-a-like to a Gary Glitter look-a-like, agreed that prejudice against weird people had increased.
'It's hard being a weirdo now in the UK,' he said. 'The Jimmy Savile business has done more damage to the reputation of us weird people than the leader of the Labour Party.'