Businessman to display controversial postcards on his own land in Cleethorpes
THE controversial postcards that Cleethorpes In Bloom was forced to remove from the seafront are set to make a return to the resort after a local businessman has given them first-class approval.
The comic seaside postcard-style paintings by local artist Carl Landymore are returning to Cleethorpes after chairman Bob Callison struck a deal with an anonymous businessman who has vowed to put them back up along the seafront.
As reported, the In Bloom team – who spent more than £600 on them – were ordered to take them down from their mountings along Alexandra Road after businesses branded them “sexist” and “offensive”.
The unknown businessman is keen to put them back on public display and is able to do so because he will mount them on his own land – meaning North East Lincolnshire Council is unable to stop him.
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Chairman of Cleethorpes In Bloom, Bob Callison, is thrilled they are returning to the resort and described the businessman as someone with a “great sense of humour”.
He said: “I have spoken to the businessman and given him all the costings and he his happy to go ahead. He still wants to put them up in Cleethorpes and is able to do so because he has private land to put them on. It is a win-win situation for everyone.
“We loved them and actually wanted to get more but obviously we couldn’t.”
Bob met with the mystery new owner on Saturday but will not disclose who the new owner of the postcards is until the deal is sealed officially.
A Grimsby Telegraph vote showed that 73 per cent of people were in favour of the postcards staying.
Bob continued: “It was just a minority of people that were unsure about them but I stand by the fact that they suited the seaside.
“They are seaside postcards and there was a real purpose behind them – a clear message to look after the environment.
“We are very fortunate that we have got supporters of the In Bloom team that back what we do and that want to see us go forward. They see what we do as enhancing the resort, even if it is a bit outside the box sometimes.
“The postcards are not smutty, they are not in distaste, they are part of typical British seaside humour. Unfortunately some businesses haven’t got that, but we do have others that have got a sense of humour.”
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