A RED-FACED businessman has apologised for parking his van with “wanted dead or alive” emblazoned on the side right next to a Wigan graveyard.
Darren Monks, co-owner of Miry Lane Breakers, was distraught to find out that his company van, which was parked next to the entrance to Gidlow Cemetery, had offended a pensioner who was going to visit her son’s grave.
Mr Monks insists that the van, which had been left there by his brother while he was on holiday, was innocently parked next to his house on Wigan Lane.
The woman, who asked not to be named, was shocked to see the advertising on the side of the vehicle when she was visiting her 31-year-old son’s grave, which she has done every Sunday since he died 18 months ago.
She said: “I don’t mind if someone wants to advertise their business and if the van had been parked anywhere else it wouldn’t have bothered me. But because it was right next to the cemetery I thought it was quite insensitive.
“It really knocked me sideways when I saw it.”
But Mr Monks said: “We live on Wigan Lane and the van, which has new advertising on it, was just parked at the side of my house.
“It’s my brother’s who is on holiday in Tenerife so we put it there for safe-keeping and didn’t even think about where it was parked or the connotations it might have for mourners.”
As soon as Mr Monks, who is the co-owner of the family business based on the Miry Lane Industrial Estate, heard of the complaint he moved the van straight away.
He said: “I completely understand where the lady is coming from and now that the issue has been brought to my attention I realise that it was a bit inappropriate.
“We never meant to cause any offence and apologise to this lady and to anyone else who might have been offended or upset by the wording.”