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Ann Summers store Terminus Road Eastbourne. January 8th 2013 E01108Q

Ann Summers store Terminus Road Eastbourne. January 8th 2013 E01108Q

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Never in a million years did I think I would be writing about crotchless knickers and Ann Summers in the columns of this fine newspaper but here goes. Our story in last week’s Herald at on reader’s outrage and concern for children at seeing mannequins in the Terminus Road window displaying the offending (to some) lingerie provoked a lot of debate. As someone who has quite possibly kept Ann Summers afloat single handedly in the difficult economic times, I fail to see what the problem is. The Eastbourne store, which incidentally is one of the most successful in the south east, has a fantastic bunch of lovely ladies working there who can often be seen talking to children at the front of the shop while their parents peruse the rails. Children aren’t allowed in the section at the rear of the shop which sells things of a more “adult” nature and needing batteries but yes, they can see underwear at the front of the shop which is just like being in any other department store (I’m thinking M&S where the women’s underwear is slap bang in your face slap in the middle of the store). These days children can see far worse online not forgetting the fact that a lot of children are born BECAUSE of Ann Summers and some youngsters would actually run a mile rather than go in there. My favourite argument however came from one reader who emailed me and shall remain nameless who said he and his good lady wife would be “totally lost without our crotchless knickers” adding “don’t knock ‘em ‘til you’ve tried ‘em”. I understand they have now since all sold out.

If you’re driving along Kings Drive during the school run please slow down and be aware there is no lollipop lady or man seeing the schoolchildren across the busy road at present. This week a toddler was knocked out of a buggy by a motorist on the crossing. Next week it could be worse.