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Antiques shop owner under fire for REFUSING to stop selling 'racist' golliwog dolls

 THE OWNER of an antiques shop has told angry customers to “move on” after refusing to take gollyw** dolls off his shelves.

Andy Wilkinson has hit back at people accusing the toys of being "racist" after they were spotted being sold at his Upstairs Downstairs store in Faversham, Kent.

Mr Wilkinson, who has run the shop for more than three years, said the toys fly off the shelves, often at around £100-each, and that he has no intention of taking them off sale.

He said: “Gollyw*** are collectables. They're just part of history. It's not racism. I find it quite weird. "Everything has got to be offensive, people of my age remember having them as toys.

"I have sold lots and lots of gollis and as soon as they come in they go out again."

Gollyw***, which have exaggerated lips and frizzy hair, were popular in Britain until the 1970s but are now widely seen as a symbol of racism.

The Crown Prosecution Service has previously said it would get involved if sale of the gollyw*** caused “harassment or alarm”.

The figures were once used as a mascot by jam firm James Robertson & Sons — but they removed it in 2001 after complaints.

Mr Wilkinson was slammed by locals who said that the toys were “demeaning to black people” and that Upstairs Downstairs was an “embarrassment” to Faversham for selling them.

Gavin McGregor blasted the dolls and said: "Regardless of whether or not people historically had or are still feeling towards these items as toys, they are demeaning to black people.

"I hope people will agree that 'golliwogs' are remnants of a racist past which are not appropriate for display and sale."

Local James Brown wrote online: "Regardless of whether it's legal or not I find it astonishing that he cannot see that in this day and age it's tasteless."

The shopkeeper said: “He said: "We certainly wouldn't sell anything that was pornographic, or is taking the mickey out of people.

"We have got standards, we wouldn't sell anything that we found offensive at all.

"The worst thing, I think, is to try to block the past out and say it didn't happen.
"The youngsters don't identify with them because they're not part of their heritage."

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