WHAT A FANNY BUSI­NESS! Filthy-minded prudes force whis­tle maker Mike to change com­pany name

Sunday Sport - - NEWS - By SI­MON DEAN si­mon@ sun­daysport. co. uk

WITH the World Cup in full swing, whis­tle- maker Michael Hunt should be coin­ing it in as thou­sands buy his prod­ucts to peep sup­port for Eng­land.

But the 56- year- old busi­ness­man is in­stead bogged down chang­ing the name of his firm af­ter com­plaints about his sig­nage.

Be­cause, ap­par­ently, a huge sign declar­ing MIKE HUNT WHIS­TLES is not ap­pro­pri­ate for prim Leam­ing­ton Spa, Warks.

Fum­ing Mike, who has been in the whis­tle busi­ness for 20 years, raged: “This all blew up three months be­fore the World Cup when pro­duc­tion was flat out.

“Ev­ery­one wants to blow a whis­tle in the pub dur­ing a big match, so it’s a bo­nanza for us. But I had to drop every­thing and deal with these stupid com­plaints. I’ve lost thou­sands.

“I had peo­ple from the coun­cil, the lo­cal pa­per, the lot, to deal with. All be­cause my sign reads Mike Hunt Whis­tles.

“Mike Hunt is my name and whis­tles is my game. Is it my fault if peo­ple have dirty minds?”

Af­ter count­less meet­ings, Mike has been “per­suaded” to change the name on the sign.

He said: “It’s not just the sign, I need to change the name of my busi­ness. That in­volves chang­ing let­ter­heads, bank ac­counts, VAT de­tails, the lot.

“But I was told, in no un­cer­tain terms, that it’d be ‘ un­help­ful’ if I re­fused to change the sign.”

One neigh­bour, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, said: “It was not so much the name, more to do with the class of peo­ple who came to look at the sign and take pho­tos for their ‘ so­cial me­dia’.

“Not Leam­ing­ton peo­ple, if you get my drift.”

BLOWN AWAY: Mike is fum­ing at com­plaints at his big sign

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