Evesham councillors are to decide whether to axe controversial comedian Jim Davidson's upcoming performance at the town hall after concerns were raised over his 'risqué' material.

The winner of 2014's Celebrity Big Brother is due to perform at the venue on Saturday, March 12 as part of his 'Unlocked' tour. 

However, councillors have called for discussion on the 'suitability' of the star's show at Monday's scheduled town council meeting after receiving complaints about his 'perceived racist and sexist material'.

A statement from the town council said: "As the provider of a venue for entertainment, the council has a duty to ensure those hiring the hall are not going to use it for any illegal purpose.

"Having received some verbal concerns regarding the material contained in Jim Davidson’s routine it is important the council considers the risk not only to its reputation but also the legal risk of providing the venue having received notice of the potential for a breach of the law."

The council has said it fears some of the former Big Break and The Generation Game star's jokes may breach laws on inciting racial hatred, extinguishing the comedian's right to freedom of expression.

"The Public Order Act 1986 makes it a criminal offence to ‘use threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour that causes, or is likely to cause another person harassment, alarm or distress’," the statement continued.

"This law now includes language likely to incite ‘racial and religious hatred’ in this definition.

"The concerns raised around the appearance of Jim Davidson have been related to his perceived racist and sexist material.

"It is important the council conducts the exercise of considering the risk of allowing divisive material to be performed on its premises and the rights under Article ten of the Human Rights Act."

"The council has suggested a sensible mitigation of this risk may be to include an undertaking in the Terms and Conditions in the use of the Town Hall, not to breach the law in relation to the Public Order Act during the term of the rental and to require hirers to agree to this in advance."

Jim Davidson OBE rose to fame after winning TV talent show New Faces in 1975.

He quickly established himself as one of the top stand-up comedians in the country and was remembered for entertaining the troops in the Falkland Islands.

The funny man was due to perform in Evesham in 2015, but left punters disappointed after cancelling the show just hours before he was set to perform as he was unhappy with the height of the stage.

However, he did return just a month later for the re-arranged show at Evesham Arts Centre.

Throughout his career, Davidson has made jokes about women, ethnic minorities, homosexuals and disabled people in his stand-up act, which has made him a subject of frequent criticism.