Mural painted over by 'masked vigilantes', as Sherburn barber threatened online

The Northern Echo: The mural, with the war memorial in the foreground The mural, with the war memorial in the foreground

MASKED vigilantes painted over a controversial barbers shop mural said to dishonour a village’s war dead in broad daylight while customers sat inside having their hair cut, its owner has claimed.

The shock development comes as Lads and Dads owner Janice Stevens claims she has been the victim of death threats since The Northern Echo broke the story on Friday (March 7).

Yesterday (Monday), she told the Echo: “I’m livid.

“But I’m not finished. Watch this space.”

The huge mural showed Edward Scissorhands holding his blade hands menacingly towards the throat of Mr T with the slogan: “I pity the fool who don’t go to... Lads and Dads.”

Ms Stevens had it painted on the gable end of her new walk-in barbers to celebrate its opening in her native Sherburn Village, County Durham, last month.

But it overlooked a world wars memorial and Durham County Council ordered it be removed.

Ms Stevens refused, risking a fine of up to £1,000.

But the plot thickened when the mural was painted over in a red, brick-like colour on Friday.

Ms Stevens said two men wearing ski masks carried out the unauthorised job on Friday lunchtime, while she was at her other barbers, in Coxhoe.

“I was livid. I would never have commissioned that,” she said.

“If it had caused massive upset I would have taken it down. But everyone was asking why I took it down.”

Further, after Friday’s story, the mother-of-eight says she was the victim of death threats online.

On the Lads and Dads Facebook page on Saturday, she wrote: “Oh how refreshing it is not to wake up to some drunken threats to me and my business.

“If you have anything worth saying don’t wait until you’re paralytic. Come and see me face to face and I’ll explain why I did the mural. Spineless.”

Ms Stevens has declined to take the matter to the police but said it was not over.

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8:03am Tue 11 Mar 14

diga says...

Much better!
Much better! diga
  • Score: 30

8:59am Tue 11 Mar 14

David Lacey says...

Thank you gentlemen - whoever you are.
Thank you gentlemen - whoever you are. David Lacey
  • Score: 30

9:06am Tue 11 Mar 14

Pyroriffic says...

Regardless of how tacky (and it was) the mural was, and its unfortunate placing. NOBODY deserves to be receiving death threats over something so trivial. Or at all, for that matter.
Regardless of how tacky (and it was) the mural was, and its unfortunate placing. NOBODY deserves to be receiving death threats over something so trivial. Or at all, for that matter. Pyroriffic
  • Score: 34

11:18am Tue 11 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

Are Tenants of this house,.......In breach of Council tenancy agreement / charter ?..if so has the local Council investigated and recorded this matter ?. So why also ?, had the Council not 'painted out' this offending pathetic...... 'sink-estate' rubbish before now and a do NOT call it trivial when UGLY graffiti-picture like this is 'overlooking' a **Sacred British War Memorial, paid for my the British Legion and 'decent public law-abiding donations'.
Are Tenants of this house,.......In breach of Council tenancy agreement / charter ?..if so has the local Council investigated and recorded this matter ?. So why also ?, had the Council not 'painted out' this offending pathetic...... 'sink-estate' rubbish before now and a do NOT call it trivial when UGLY graffiti-picture like this is 'overlooking' a **Sacred British War Memorial, paid for my the British Legion and 'decent public law-abiding donations'. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 8

11:41am Tue 11 Mar 14

Jackaranda says...

Me thinks this could be a double publicity stunt, bad publicity and good publicity rolled into one, a double bubble if you wish. She may have arranged to have it painted over by the masked crusaders, but front page news it isn't, FFS.
Me thinks this could be a double publicity stunt, bad publicity and good publicity rolled into one, a double bubble if you wish. She may have arranged to have it painted over by the masked crusaders, but front page news it isn't, FFS. Jackaranda
  • Score: 18

11:48am Tue 11 Mar 14

IanfromCrook says...

Poor taste publicity stunt.....I think certainly.
Extended by a fine averting extra advertising gimmick? Perhaps.....(aka how to get out of paying £1k whilst getting more publicity and appearing not to back down)
All for local business but this is one I would give a wide berth if I were a Sherburn resident.
The end result though I agree with much better.
Poor taste publicity stunt.....I think certainly. Extended by a fine averting extra advertising gimmick? Perhaps.....(aka how to get out of paying £1k whilst getting more publicity and appearing not to back down) All for local business but this is one I would give a wide berth if I were a Sherburn resident. The end result though I agree with much better. IanfromCrook
  • Score: 22

11:53am Tue 11 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

So as a possible' Council Free Benefit Nanny State' 'Reward' for this misdemeanour,, do you think there will be a 'bigger Council House',............ 'On offer?' and/or a possible 'cheaper Council House rent', on offer soon.. (Paid for by the poor 'Mug' Working local Council Tax payer)..
So as a possible' Council Free Benefit Nanny State' 'Reward' for this misdemeanour,, do you think there will be a 'bigger Council House',............ 'On offer?' and/or a possible 'cheaper Council House rent', on offer soon.. (Paid for by the poor 'Mug' Working local Council Tax payer).. cushybutterfield
  • Score: -10

1:29pm Tue 11 Mar 14

N E Reader says...

“If it had caused massive upset I would have taken it down...Further, after Friday’s story, the mother-of-eight says she was the victim of death threats online."

Whilst there is no justification for death threats, what exactly would you define massive upset if it doesn't include those?
“If it had caused massive upset I would have taken it down...Further, after Friday’s story, the mother-of-eight says she was the victim of death threats online." Whilst there is no justification for death threats, what exactly would you define massive upset if it doesn't include those? N E Reader
  • Score: 6

2:07pm Tue 11 Mar 14

GeordieB says...

Council acting against free enterprise again?

If it had been a picture of a miner's banner I'll bet it would still be there.
Council acting against free enterprise again? If it had been a picture of a miner's banner I'll bet it would still be there. GeordieB
  • Score: -6

2:20pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Ally F says...

Well it has certainly generated much publicity. I never knew 'Lads and Dads' barber shop existed, but I do now.

Better still, if ever I were passing through Sherburn and felt an overwhelming sudden desire for a hair-cut, I now know to keep on driving straight through...
Well it has certainly generated much publicity. I never knew 'Lads and Dads' barber shop existed, but I do now. Better still, if ever I were passing through Sherburn and felt an overwhelming sudden desire for a hair-cut, I now know to keep on driving straight through... Ally F
  • Score: 18

8:09pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Duke of Aycliffe says...

Who does the gable end belong to? If it belongs to the business owner & they can get planning approval then fair play to her. There is no need for anyone to get upset or offended by a silly barber's sign, unless they wish to be offended. A bit like some of these radical muslims who get angry & offended by anything that suits them.
It really makes no difference to me however, the brave fallen heroes listed on the war memorial may have fought against the Nazis to protect future generations & freedom of speech.
Who does the gable end belong to? If it belongs to the business owner & they can get planning approval then fair play to her. There is no need for anyone to get upset or offended by a silly barber's sign, unless they wish to be offended. A bit like some of these radical muslims who get angry & offended by anything that suits them. It really makes no difference to me however, the brave fallen heroes listed on the war memorial may have fought against the Nazis to protect future generations & freedom of speech. Duke of Aycliffe
  • Score: -6

9:19pm Tue 11 Mar 14

rugby69 says...

I thought the owner said "the artist came and painted it over".
I thought the owner said "the artist came and painted it over". rugby69
  • Score: -1

10:26pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Longbowman666 says...

No-one should be faced with death threats like the ones that she says she has been subjected to - however, the persons who did the job of painting over the mural did a good job of it.

You want advertising - go and do it properly, not make your property look more like something that would be more befitting to the Falls Rd Belfast than Sherburn, Durham.
No-one should be faced with death threats like the ones that she says she has been subjected to - however, the persons who did the job of painting over the mural did a good job of it. You want advertising - go and do it properly, not make your property look more like something that would be more befitting to the Falls Rd Belfast than Sherburn, Durham. Longbowman666
  • Score: 10

1:49am Wed 12 Mar 14

Bbwolf says...

She sounds lovely; I can just picture her clientele...
She sounds lovely; I can just picture her clientele... Bbwolf
  • Score: 5

8:26am Wed 12 Mar 14

tulip8430 says...

IanfromCrook wrote:
Poor taste publicity stunt.....I think certainly.
Extended by a fine averting extra advertising gimmick? Perhaps.....(aka how to get out of paying £1k whilst getting more publicity and appearing not to back down)
All for local business but this is one I would give a wide berth if I were a Sherburn resident.
The end result though I agree with much better.
All you people are quick to judge....... Its a business!!!!! If you all took the time to read about Janice's Barber shops you would see that she has used a similar design in her other shop!!!!, that was opened long before the shop in Sherburn!! Its about being different!!
The image was nowhere near the memorial garden and was also on separate private land!! This property is owned and not council love..
I really didn't think it would have caused so much havoc, its clear that people have nothing better to do, other than slate other people who are trying to make a living!!
The shop has been there since I was a kid and as the years have gone on it became old. Janice has revived this shop in to a fresh new Barbers with an eye catching image... you cant say it isn't as you are all talking about it!!
So what is everyone's problem?? would you like it if someone complained about some work you had done on your home/ business?? No!!!
Stop being so dramatic and get on with your lives!!!!
£1000 fine for wanting to ensure your business does well is ridiculous, maybe the board who issued the fine could spend it on the village as it could do with a lick of paint its self!!!
Janice is a brilliant barber and im sure many of the people in the village would agree. Janice is a fantastic person, so don't slate her just because of an image!!
The image was never painted to disrespect anyone and certainly not the memorial, Its a design to represent the barbers and that only.
[quote][p][bold]IanfromCrook[/bold] wrote: Poor taste publicity stunt.....I think certainly. Extended by a fine averting extra advertising gimmick? Perhaps.....(aka how to get out of paying £1k whilst getting more publicity and appearing not to back down) All for local business but this is one I would give a wide berth if I were a Sherburn resident. The end result though I agree with much better.[/p][/quote]All you people are quick to judge....... Its a business!!!!! If you all took the time to read about Janice's Barber shops you would see that she has used a similar design in her other shop!!!!, that was opened long before the shop in Sherburn!! Its about being different!! The image was nowhere near the memorial garden and was also on separate private land!! This property is owned and not council love.. I really didn't think it would have caused so much havoc, its clear that people have nothing better to do, other than slate other people who are trying to make a living!! The shop has been there since I was a kid and as the years have gone on it became old. Janice has revived this shop in to a fresh new Barbers with an eye catching image... you cant say it isn't as you are all talking about it!! So what is everyone's problem?? would you like it if someone complained about some work you had done on your home/ business?? No!!! Stop being so dramatic and get on with your lives!!!! £1000 fine for wanting to ensure your business does well is ridiculous, maybe the board who issued the fine could spend it on the village as it could do with a lick of paint its self!!! Janice is a brilliant barber and im sure many of the people in the village would agree. Janice is a fantastic person, so don't slate her just because of an image!! The image was never painted to disrespect anyone and certainly not the memorial, Its a design to represent the barbers and that only. tulip8430
  • Score: -4

8:27am Wed 12 Mar 14

tulip8430 says...

All you people are quick to judge....... Its a business!!!!! If you all took the time to read about Janice's Barber shops you would see that she has used a similar design in her other shop!!!!, that was opened long before the shop in Sherburn!! Its about being different!!
The image was nowhere near the memorial garden and was also on separate private land!! This property is owned and not council love..
I really didn't think it would have caused so much havoc, its clear that people have nothing better to do, other than slate other people who are trying to make a living!!
The shop has been there since I was a kid and as the years have gone on it became old. Janice has revived this shop in to a fresh new Barbers with an eye catching image... you cant say it isn't as you are all talking about it!!
So what is everyone's problem?? would you like it if someone complained about some work you had done on your home/ business?? No!!!
Stop being so dramatic and get on with your lives!!!!
£1000 fine for wanting to ensure your business does well is ridiculous, maybe the board who issued the fine could spend it on the village as it could do with a lick of paint its self!!!
Janice is a brilliant barber and im sure many of the people in the village would agree. Janice is a fantastic person, so don't slate her just because of an image!!
The image was never painted to disrespect anyone and certainly not the memorial, Its a design to represent the barbers and that only.
All you people are quick to judge....... Its a business!!!!! If you all took the time to read about Janice's Barber shops you would see that she has used a similar design in her other shop!!!!, that was opened long before the shop in Sherburn!! Its about being different!! The image was nowhere near the memorial garden and was also on separate private land!! This property is owned and not council love.. I really didn't think it would have caused so much havoc, its clear that people have nothing better to do, other than slate other people who are trying to make a living!! The shop has been there since I was a kid and as the years have gone on it became old. Janice has revived this shop in to a fresh new Barbers with an eye catching image... you cant say it isn't as you are all talking about it!! So what is everyone's problem?? would you like it if someone complained about some work you had done on your home/ business?? No!!! Stop being so dramatic and get on with your lives!!!! £1000 fine for wanting to ensure your business does well is ridiculous, maybe the board who issued the fine could spend it on the village as it could do with a lick of paint its self!!! Janice is a brilliant barber and im sure many of the people in the village would agree. Janice is a fantastic person, so don't slate her just because of an image!! The image was never painted to disrespect anyone and certainly not the memorial, Its a design to represent the barbers and that only. tulip8430
  • Score: -10

12:34pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Longbowman666 says...

tulip8430 wrote:
IanfromCrook wrote:
Poor taste publicity stunt.....I think certainly.
Extended by a fine averting extra advertising gimmick? Perhaps.....(aka how to get out of paying £1k whilst getting more publicity and appearing not to back down)
All for local business but this is one I would give a wide berth if I were a Sherburn resident.
The end result though I agree with much better.
All you people are quick to judge....... Its a business!!!!! If you all took the time to read about Janice's Barber shops you would see that she has used a similar design in her other shop!!!!, that was opened long before the shop in Sherburn!! Its about being different!!
The image was nowhere near the memorial garden and was also on separate private land!! This property is owned and not council love..
I really didn't think it would have caused so much havoc, its clear that people have nothing better to do, other than slate other people who are trying to make a living!!
The shop has been there since I was a kid and as the years have gone on it became old. Janice has revived this shop in to a fresh new Barbers with an eye catching image... you cant say it isn't as you are all talking about it!!
So what is everyone's problem?? would you like it if someone complained about some work you had done on your home/ business?? No!!!
Stop being so dramatic and get on with your lives!!!!
£1000 fine for wanting to ensure your business does well is ridiculous, maybe the board who issued the fine could spend it on the village as it could do with a lick of paint its self!!!
Janice is a brilliant barber and im sure many of the people in the village would agree. Janice is a fantastic person, so don't slate her just because of an image!!
The image was never painted to disrespect anyone and certainly not the memorial, Its a design to represent the barbers and that only.
Then perhaps it might have been better if a proper advertising board had been made and erected, with permission from the Council etc, instead of the 'mural' that was painted on - you know, the same way that other 'businesses' have to do it...?
[quote][p][bold]tulip8430[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IanfromCrook[/bold] wrote: Poor taste publicity stunt.....I think certainly. Extended by a fine averting extra advertising gimmick? Perhaps.....(aka how to get out of paying £1k whilst getting more publicity and appearing not to back down) All for local business but this is one I would give a wide berth if I were a Sherburn resident. The end result though I agree with much better.[/p][/quote]All you people are quick to judge....... Its a business!!!!! If you all took the time to read about Janice's Barber shops you would see that she has used a similar design in her other shop!!!!, that was opened long before the shop in Sherburn!! Its about being different!! The image was nowhere near the memorial garden and was also on separate private land!! This property is owned and not council love.. I really didn't think it would have caused so much havoc, its clear that people have nothing better to do, other than slate other people who are trying to make a living!! The shop has been there since I was a kid and as the years have gone on it became old. Janice has revived this shop in to a fresh new Barbers with an eye catching image... you cant say it isn't as you are all talking about it!! So what is everyone's problem?? would you like it if someone complained about some work you had done on your home/ business?? No!!! Stop being so dramatic and get on with your lives!!!! £1000 fine for wanting to ensure your business does well is ridiculous, maybe the board who issued the fine could spend it on the village as it could do with a lick of paint its self!!! Janice is a brilliant barber and im sure many of the people in the village would agree. Janice is a fantastic person, so don't slate her just because of an image!! The image was never painted to disrespect anyone and certainly not the memorial, Its a design to represent the barbers and that only.[/p][/quote]Then perhaps it might have been better if a proper advertising board had been made and erected, with permission from the Council etc, instead of the 'mural' that was painted on - you know, the same way that other 'businesses' have to do it...? Longbowman666
  • Score: 16

2:06pm Wed 12 Mar 14

dmhuk2001 says...

The aritst painted over the mural with the permission of the owner's partner.
The mural could not remain because it contravened statutory guidance. Facebook posts indicate it was expected by its creators that it would be requested to be removed from the start.
An attempt at creative advertising it may have been, but the behaviour attached to it and the apparent keeness to drag the village through the mud publicly, scaremonger, provoke argument and division for the sake of advertising is disappointing when compared to the care made by others to make the village a nice place to live.
The aritst painted over the mural with the permission of the owner's partner. The mural could not remain because it contravened statutory guidance. Facebook posts indicate it was expected by its creators that it would be requested to be removed from the start. An attempt at creative advertising it may have been, but the behaviour attached to it and the apparent keeness to drag the village through the mud publicly, scaremonger, provoke argument and division for the sake of advertising is disappointing when compared to the care made by others to make the village a nice place to live. dmhuk2001
  • Score: 14

3:46pm Wed 12 Mar 14

tulip8430 says...

Longbowman666 wrote:
tulip8430 wrote:
IanfromCrook wrote:
Poor taste publicity stunt.....I think certainly.
Extended by a fine averting extra advertising gimmick? Perhaps.....(aka how to get out of paying £1k whilst getting more publicity and appearing not to back down)
All for local business but this is one I would give a wide berth if I were a Sherburn resident.
The end result though I agree with much better.
All you people are quick to judge....... Its a business!!!!! If you all took the time to read about Janice's Barber shops you would see that she has used a similar design in her other shop!!!!, that was opened long before the shop in Sherburn!! Its about being different!!
The image was nowhere near the memorial garden and was also on separate private land!! This property is owned and not council love..
I really didn't think it would have caused so much havoc, its clear that people have nothing better to do, other than slate other people who are trying to make a living!!
The shop has been there since I was a kid and as the years have gone on it became old. Janice has revived this shop in to a fresh new Barbers with an eye catching image... you cant say it isn't as you are all talking about it!!
So what is everyone's problem?? would you like it if someone complained about some work you had done on your home/ business?? No!!!
Stop being so dramatic and get on with your lives!!!!
£1000 fine for wanting to ensure your business does well is ridiculous, maybe the board who issued the fine could spend it on the village as it could do with a lick of paint its self!!!
Janice is a brilliant barber and im sure many of the people in the village would agree. Janice is a fantastic person, so don't slate her just because of an image!!
The image was never painted to disrespect anyone and certainly not the memorial, Its a design to represent the barbers and that only.
Then perhaps it might have been better if a proper advertising board had been made and erected, with permission from the Council etc, instead of the 'mural' that was painted on - you know, the same way that other 'businesses' have to do it...?
The shop does have a sign with the shop name, however they haven't shown it!!
It's her shop why should she have to ask if she can paint on it??? Do you ask to paint your home??.
Janice has two businesses, works full time and has done since she left school despite raising 8 beautiful kids! Give the woman a break!!!
I'm sure we have all done something that other people don't agree with.... its called equality!!!
[quote][p][bold]Longbowman666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tulip8430[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IanfromCrook[/bold] wrote: Poor taste publicity stunt.....I think certainly. Extended by a fine averting extra advertising gimmick? Perhaps.....(aka how to get out of paying £1k whilst getting more publicity and appearing not to back down) All for local business but this is one I would give a wide berth if I were a Sherburn resident. The end result though I agree with much better.[/p][/quote]All you people are quick to judge....... Its a business!!!!! If you all took the time to read about Janice's Barber shops you would see that she has used a similar design in her other shop!!!!, that was opened long before the shop in Sherburn!! Its about being different!! The image was nowhere near the memorial garden and was also on separate private land!! This property is owned and not council love.. I really didn't think it would have caused so much havoc, its clear that people have nothing better to do, other than slate other people who are trying to make a living!! The shop has been there since I was a kid and as the years have gone on it became old. Janice has revived this shop in to a fresh new Barbers with an eye catching image... you cant say it isn't as you are all talking about it!! So what is everyone's problem?? would you like it if someone complained about some work you had done on your home/ business?? No!!! Stop being so dramatic and get on with your lives!!!! £1000 fine for wanting to ensure your business does well is ridiculous, maybe the board who issued the fine could spend it on the village as it could do with a lick of paint its self!!! Janice is a brilliant barber and im sure many of the people in the village would agree. Janice is a fantastic person, so don't slate her just because of an image!! The image was never painted to disrespect anyone and certainly not the memorial, Its a design to represent the barbers and that only.[/p][/quote]Then perhaps it might have been better if a proper advertising board had been made and erected, with permission from the Council etc, instead of the 'mural' that was painted on - you know, the same way that other 'businesses' have to do it...?[/p][/quote]The shop does have a sign with the shop name, however they haven't shown it!! It's her shop why should she have to ask if she can paint on it??? Do you ask to paint your home??. Janice has two businesses, works full time and has done since she left school despite raising 8 beautiful kids! Give the woman a break!!! I'm sure we have all done something that other people don't agree with.... its called equality!!! tulip8430
  • Score: -7

5:06pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Copley23 says...

tulip8430 wrote:
Longbowman666 wrote:
tulip8430 wrote:
IanfromCrook wrote:
Poor taste publicity stunt.....I think certainly.
Extended by a fine averting extra advertising gimmick? Perhaps.....(aka how to get out of paying £1k whilst getting more publicity and appearing not to back down)
All for local business but this is one I would give a wide berth if I were a Sherburn resident.
The end result though I agree with much better.
All you people are quick to judge....... Its a business!!!!! If you all took the time to read about Janice's Barber shops you would see that she has used a similar design in her other shop!!!!, that was opened long before the shop in Sherburn!! Its about being different!!
The image was nowhere near the memorial garden and was also on separate private land!! This property is owned and not council love..
I really didn't think it would have caused so much havoc, its clear that people have nothing better to do, other than slate other people who are trying to make a living!!
The shop has been there since I was a kid and as the years have gone on it became old. Janice has revived this shop in to a fresh new Barbers with an eye catching image... you cant say it isn't as you are all talking about it!!
So what is everyone's problem?? would you like it if someone complained about some work you had done on your home/ business?? No!!!
Stop being so dramatic and get on with your lives!!!!
£1000 fine for wanting to ensure your business does well is ridiculous, maybe the board who issued the fine could spend it on the village as it could do with a lick of paint its self!!!
Janice is a brilliant barber and im sure many of the people in the village would agree. Janice is a fantastic person, so don't slate her just because of an image!!
The image was never painted to disrespect anyone and certainly not the memorial, Its a design to represent the barbers and that only.
Then perhaps it might have been better if a proper advertising board had been made and erected, with permission from the Council etc, instead of the 'mural' that was painted on - you know, the same way that other 'businesses' have to do it...?
The shop does have a sign with the shop name, however they haven't shown it!!
It's her shop why should she have to ask if she can paint on it??? Do you ask to paint your home??.
Janice has two businesses, works full time and has done since she left school despite raising 8 beautiful kids! Give the woman a break!!!
I'm sure we have all done something that other people don't agree with.... its called equality!!!
There was a shop in Barnard Castle not so long ago that painted it's frontage pink. The council had something to say about that too. It was pretty, but completely mis-placed. Just because you OWN a shop does not give you carte blanche to make a dog end of the whole area. That's why the council have these policies. Learn the facts before you let off steam please.

Graffiti is graffiti and Sherburn is full of it. It's an eyesore and guess what - - you get nicked if caught.

The rubbish design would be laughed out of any decent design company. And the council planning offices too. It was at most, childish and unprofessional, at least, inappropriate and mis-placed.......... as is the owners attitude, 8 kids or not.

Glad the tatty mess has gone. And please note, this is no reflection on the War Memorial. As a stand alone design, it was really not very good.
[quote][p][bold]tulip8430[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Longbowman666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tulip8430[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IanfromCrook[/bold] wrote: Poor taste publicity stunt.....I think certainly. Extended by a fine averting extra advertising gimmick? Perhaps.....(aka how to get out of paying £1k whilst getting more publicity and appearing not to back down) All for local business but this is one I would give a wide berth if I were a Sherburn resident. The end result though I agree with much better.[/p][/quote]All you people are quick to judge....... Its a business!!!!! If you all took the time to read about Janice's Barber shops you would see that she has used a similar design in her other shop!!!!, that was opened long before the shop in Sherburn!! Its about being different!! The image was nowhere near the memorial garden and was also on separate private land!! This property is owned and not council love.. I really didn't think it would have caused so much havoc, its clear that people have nothing better to do, other than slate other people who are trying to make a living!! The shop has been there since I was a kid and as the years have gone on it became old. Janice has revived this shop in to a fresh new Barbers with an eye catching image... you cant say it isn't as you are all talking about it!! So what is everyone's problem?? would you like it if someone complained about some work you had done on your home/ business?? No!!! Stop being so dramatic and get on with your lives!!!! £1000 fine for wanting to ensure your business does well is ridiculous, maybe the board who issued the fine could spend it on the village as it could do with a lick of paint its self!!! Janice is a brilliant barber and im sure many of the people in the village would agree. Janice is a fantastic person, so don't slate her just because of an image!! The image was never painted to disrespect anyone and certainly not the memorial, Its a design to represent the barbers and that only.[/p][/quote]Then perhaps it might have been better if a proper advertising board had been made and erected, with permission from the Council etc, instead of the 'mural' that was painted on - you know, the same way that other 'businesses' have to do it...?[/p][/quote]The shop does have a sign with the shop name, however they haven't shown it!! It's her shop why should she have to ask if she can paint on it??? Do you ask to paint your home??. Janice has two businesses, works full time and has done since she left school despite raising 8 beautiful kids! Give the woman a break!!! I'm sure we have all done something that other people don't agree with.... its called equality!!![/p][/quote]There was a shop in Barnard Castle not so long ago that painted it's frontage pink. The council had something to say about that too. It was pretty, but completely mis-placed. Just because you OWN a shop does not give you carte blanche to make a dog end of the whole area. That's why the council have these policies. Learn the facts before you let off steam please. Graffiti is graffiti and Sherburn is full of it. It's an eyesore and guess what - - you get nicked if caught. The rubbish design would be laughed out of any decent design company. And the council planning offices too. It was at most, childish and unprofessional, at least, inappropriate and mis-placed.......... as is the owners attitude, 8 kids or not. Glad the tatty mess has gone. And please note, this is no reflection on the War Memorial. As a stand alone design, it was really not very good. Copley23
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9:36pm Wed 12 Mar 14

theWorkerScum says...

Same old story one extreme cancels the other one out. Balance is restored for us in the middle. Next case...
Same old story one extreme cancels the other one out. Balance is restored for us in the middle. Next case... theWorkerScum
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1:55pm Sun 16 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

Smacks of scurfy sink-estete Bieruit, a shocking disgrace to our British and Commonwealth Service men and women.
Smacks of scurfy sink-estete Bieruit, a shocking disgrace to our British and Commonwealth Service men and women. cushybutterfield
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