13,000 back Facebook fight to save Clitheroe naked mannequin

Time Train Retro Shop owners Lisa Pickles and Matthew Taylor with their controversial mannequin Barbara.'Photo Ben Parsons
Time Train Retro Shop owners Lisa Pickles and Matthew Taylor with their controversial mannequin Barbara.'Photo Ben Parsons

SAUCY mannequin Barbara, who is affectionately known as “Babs”, is still causing a storm of controversy.

Following a complaint from a passerby that Babs should be wearing more clothes, the police were called to the Time Train retro shop in Shawbridge Street, Clitheroe.

Time Train Retro Shop owners Lisa Pickles and Matthew Taylor with their controversial mannequin Barbara.'Photo Ben Parsons

Time Train Retro Shop owners Lisa Pickles and Matthew Taylor with their controversial mannequin Barbara.'Photo Ben Parsons

As previously reported in the Clitheroe Advertiser, other local residents are believed to be preparing a petition to submit to Ribble Valley Borough Council, calling for her removal from public view.

Now a “Save Babs” campaign has been started on the social networking site Facebook and has so far received more than 13,000 hits.

Despite the controversy, shop owners Jeff Beamer (45), Matt Taylor (31) and Lisa Pickles (26) are standing by Babs.

Matt said: “To call the police is absolutely ridiculous. I’ve had a few older ladies making comments to me about how they were offended by it, but didn’t see it going this far. During Easter one of the ladies asked how I could put the mannequin up during God’s weekend. I told her that God blessed us with a sense of humour, and that he’d find it funny.

“I’ve also heard that people are going to send a petition in to the council, so that’s when we set up the Facebook group.

“For me, this can go on forever, because it’s great publicity for the shop, and we’re getting about four or five people a day coming to have their picture taken with Babs.

“In the summer I’m going to get Babs a boyfriend who will be very scantily dressed, or I might even get her a girlfriend – that might really upset some of the complainers.”

Time Train was opened by the trio in November after they all decided to quit their jobs last summer. The curiosity shop sells everything from board games to the original master clock from St Pancras Station.

Jeff, from Preston, and Matt, of Sawley, who worked as a fishery manager at Stocks Reservoir, met when they found themselves bidding for the same items at auctions.

A spokeswoman for Ribble Valley Borough Council said the authority had not yet received a formal complaint.

A spokesman for Lancashire Constabulary said: “This is not technically a police matter, but a member of the Neighbourhood Policing Team attended the shop and gave words of advice.”