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Malmesbury gets a make-over

by | 15th, March 2013

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WE like Luke Hollington’s work. Syd, as he’s also known, has been enlivening dead shop fronts in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. The sign above one store reads ‘Vomit’, not Comet. Blockbuster has been altered to ‘Blockbust’. The HMV sign has been adapted to feature the brand’s Nipper hanging dead from a chain.

Nothing worse for a high street than empty, decaying shops. A spot of humour can only lift the mood. Unless you’re Liberal Democrat councillor Simon Killane. He says the signs give a “wrong message” about the town:

 “The message these signs are sending is that Malmesbury is sort of dead or dying, which is totally false. We think our town has a future and putting pretty much offensive signs like ‘Vomit’ with a guy sort of splurging out on the sign – right next to a shop that is also struggling – it’s giving the wrong message. Those empty shops, we should be promoting them by saying Malmesbury is a beautiful, busy and thriving town.”

Why not promote the empty shops by filling them with local talent at reduced rates? Why not help the strugglers by suspending parking charges?

Vomit comet Blockbust

 



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