07:55AM, Friday 21 February 2014
Legoland Windsor has confirmed it has no intention to cancel plans to privately hire the park to a Muslim foundation led by one of the top 25 hate preachers in Britain.
Last week the Winkfield Road theme park revealed it had hired out the site to the Muslim Research and Development Fund (MRDF) for the day on Sunday, March 9.
It led to abusive comments being left on the theme park's Facebook page which was temporarily shut down while police investigated.
Far-right groups, including the English Defence League, announced plans to stage a protest on the day of the visit.
A post on the Casuals United Blog, which describes itself as 'a platform for all patriot groups to get their message out' read: "Legoland, cancel this Jihadi day or face ongoing demos and protests. It's not rocket salad. Do the decent thing."
But speaking to the Express on Tuesday a Legoland spokesman said it had no plans to cancel the event and reiterated a previous statement which said it was a normal private hire event, and not about Muslims.
The MRDF is led by Islamic scholar Haitham al-Haddad, who was identified by the government last year as being one of Britain's top 25 hate preachers.
Royal Borough councillor Tom Bursnall (UKIP, Clewer East) said Haitham al-Haddad has some 'abhorrent' views including speaking in favour of female genital mutilation.
Cllr Bursnall added: "Residents are upset at what they regard as a great family attraction allowing themselves to be aligned to a man who holds these views and indeed also scared of far right groups coming to protest.
"We don't want them in Windsor."
In November the MRDF held an Eid Fun Day at Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey.
Its planned visit to Legoland has also attracted the attention of the national press.
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