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article imageApology after Walking Dead ad placed next to funeral parlour

By Lynn Curwin     Apr 14, 2011 in World
Consett - A company has apologised for placing a billboard advertising a TV show called The Walking Dead along the side of a funeral parlour.
A billboard for the show was erected next to The Co-operative Funeralcare in Consett, County Durham.
A spokesman for the funeral parlour, which leases the premises, told the Northern Echo: “It is disappointing that we were not consulted as this advert could cause unnecessary distress.
“When the billboard site was erected, we were assured that no insensitive adverts would be featured.”
Susan Jones, from Willow Burn Hospice, said that some people may see the funny side to the ad placement, but grieving families could be upset.
“There must have been somewhere else they could put it that would have shown a degree of insight and sensitivity," she told the Northern Echo.
The advert, which was placed by Clear Channel, measured 15 feet by 10 feet, according to The Sun.
"Clear Channel apologises for any offence caused by the unfortunate juxtaposition of this advertisement, which was certainly not intended," the BBC quoted a spokeswoman for the firm as saying.
"We arranged to have it moved right away and it has now come down."
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