facebook campaign to save Clitheroe’s ‘Babs’

CAMPAIGN: Time Train partner Lisa Pickles puts the rally call out to save Babs. (s)
CAMPAIGN: Time Train partner Lisa Pickles puts the rally call out to save Babs. (s)

A SAUCY mannequin called Barbara which stands outside Clitheroe retro collectables shop Time Train is causing a storm of controversy.

Barbara or Babs, as she is affectionately known locally, has apparently offended some local residents with her quirky style. So much so that one local resident told Time Train’s owners that she would be taking a petition to council chiefs calling for Babs’ removal.

Now a “Save Babs” campaign has been started on the social networking site Facebook and it has so far received more than 250 “likes” – messages of support.

Time Train was opened in November by three friends Jeff Beamer (45), Matt Taylor (31) and Lisa Pickles (26).

The trio, who are always more than willing to take a look at any old toys and collectables that people have, quit their jobs last summer to open the second-hand curiosity shop. It sells everything from Japanese Hat Boxes to the original master clock from St Pancras Station.

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

Matt said: “To us, and hopefully other free spirited folks Barbara brings a little joy to our every day in this lovely thing called life!

“We genuinely would never intend to offend, we just have a little fun to put a smile on people’s faces on these British winter days!”

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