Flintshire party shop tones down window after complaints

Reporter:

Helen Davies

A HALLOWEEN-themed window display has been changed following complaints that it was too scary.

Last week the Leader reported the Party Shop in Mold had received a backlash against the gruesome display from members of the public.

Now shop owner Helen Parry has toned it down.

She said: “I’ve taken out the chef and the corpse. I didn’t wish to offend anybody with the display but the majority of people wanted it to stay.

“I try to be diplomatic and listen to what the public want.”

The window still features skeletons, zombies, ghouls and a mummy.

Helen received about 150 signatures from people supporting the display, but decided on Monday evening to change it.

She added: “People have been coming into the shop and phoning up to tell me to take no notice of the complaints.”

Maureen Brisco, 66, was one of those who signed the petition to keep the original look.

She said: “I think Helen’s window display is wonderful as it brings trade into Mold as people come to the town to look at it.”

But Amanda Padley, who was the first to complain, is pleased it has been altered.

Amanda, who runs a mother and toddler group in Mold, said: “Helen has met us
half way and tamed the display down so it’s not as scary.

“There’s still some quite horrific things in the shop but they have been moved further back and it is now more in line with displays in other shops.”

The mum, from Coedpoeth in Wrexham, said her nine-year-old son Raise said the window made him feel sick so he wouldn’t go near the shop.

Amanda said: "I have spoken to a lot of people about the window and none of them supported it.

“For me it is a child protection issue - it’s not for a shop to decide what is fit and suitable for our children to see.”

She added: “I am disappointed the councillors and town centre manager did not take action when members of the public were upset about it.”

Mold town centre manager Dave Hill said he had looked into whether there was any regulations the display contravened, but couldn’t find any.

He said: “Helen is a well established and respected trader in the town and does very good things for the community.

“Equally, I can appreciate people have concerns about the display.”

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