Strip club removes ‘vulgar’ designs from windows

There have been complaints from constituents about the Liquorice Club's window silhouettes. Picture: Ian Rutherford
There have been complaints from constituents about the Liquorice Club's window silhouettes. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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A POPULAR strip club in the Capital is to remove “vulgar” silhouettes of women in sexually explicit poses from its windows amid criticisms they are dragging the city down.

Bosses at The Liquorice Club in Tollcross said they would take down the silhouettes as part of a drive to spruce up the district.

And today there were calls for lap dancing businesses elsewhere in the city centre to do the same, with residents saying the advertising was not appropriate in areas popular with families and tourists.

Councillor Karen Doran, Labour group member for the city centre, said: “I am delighted the club has listened to what residents are saying on this – the others should follow suit.

“I think that anyone wishing to attend one of these clubs will be well aware of where they are and do not require vulgar windows to show them the way.

“You have an area that is highly populated with families. Lothian Road is a very special street and you have all these images of women – it’s just not acceptable.”

The city centre has a number of lap dancing venues, with particular concentrations in the West Port – home to the “pubic triangle” trio of the Burke and Hare, Western and Baby Dolls bars – and around Lothian Road.

Criticisms come as the Scottish Government continues its consultation on a new licensing regime for sexual entertainment venues, which will aim to ensure community views are properly considered when decisions on whether a bar can open are made.

Cllr Doran said she had been approached repeatedly by people living in her ward who said they did not feel comfortable walking past the silhouettes on strip bars in the city centre.

“The subject of lap dancing club windows in the Tollcross area has been raised with me on a number of occasions,” she said.

“The silhouettes of women in various poses prominently displayed on the windows of these clubs have been of great 
concern to my constituents.

“Lothian Road should be a showcase of the wonderful things Edinburgh city centre has to offer – great theatres like the Usher Hall, Lyceum and Traverse, to name but a few.”

She added: “The issue of these clubs is part of the Scottish Government consultation on a new regulatory regime for lap dancing clubs.

“I would urge as many people as possible to take part in this consultation and let the government know just how strongly we feel about clubs dominating Tollcross in this way.”

The decision of bosses at the Liquorice Club to take down their silhouettes was also welcomed by leaders of Tollcross Community Council, who said locals had reported feeling “intimidated” by them.

Council member Chris Wigglesworth said: “For women particularly, the silhouettes are offensive.

“It’s just the feeling of being slightly intimidated by them – I know people find them quite unpleasant. It’s also the fact they are so prominently placed – it just creates the wrong impression.”

He added: “Tollcross is on the edge of the city centre and lap dancing on the main street does the area down rather than making it attractive to most people.”

The Evening News contacted The Liquorice Club but no-one was available for comment.