Ukip conference ‘gatecrashed by Nazis’

A Nazi-themed troupe of dancers and a 16-tonne Second World War tank gatecrashed the start of Ukip’s spring party conference in Kent.

The cast of 'The Producers' gatecrash the UKIP party conference in Margate. Picture: Barcroft Media

Performers in hot pants, jackboots and Nazi insignia high-kicked to the Springtime For Hitler tune as delegates arrived.

The dancers, from Mel Brooks’s musical The Producers, caused the scene outside Ukip’s conference venue - the Winter Gardens in Margate.

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The seven-strong troupe of female dancers performed a choreographed routine as Springtime For Hitler blared from a PA system on the tank turret.

The cast brought a tank to the conference. Picture: Barcroft Media

It emerged that the cast were in Margate to promote the new touring production of Brooks’s acclaimed musical comedy, which opens in Bromley on March 7.

Adam Spiegel, producer of The Producers, said: “We open the UK tour of The Producers in Bromley next week and Margate seemed a perfect place to start the promotion.

“I’m disappointed but not entirely surprised to see that Ukip are trying to hitch a publicity ride on the back of the show.”

• The new stage show version of the hit musical stars Ross Noble, Jason Manford, Phill Jupitus and Louie Spence opens in Bromley on March 7 before touring the UK