Bafta has had to cancel its celebrity-filled reception party due to a planned demonstration from workers at Burberry, which sponsors the event.

Some 300 jobs are to be lost from the fashion designer's south Wales plant, meaning the company has been thrown into a bitter dispute with the GMB union.

The party was due to be held at the Natural History Museum in London on February 10th, the night before the national film awards ceremony. However, Burberry chairman John Pearce has reportedly pulled sponsorship of the event over fears of a PR disaster if the protest went ahead.

This absence of Burberry means Bafta has had to cancel the event  which may come as a blow to the party-loving actors due to attend.

However, some famous faces have already given their backing to the union's plight, including Sir Tom Jones, Emma Thompson and Welsh actor Rhys Ifans.

Further protests are planned around the world including outside shops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Paris, following demonstrations outside London stores last week.

02/02/2007 14:42:24