Zombie ad foolishly plastered on house of the dead

14 April 2011

They’re not an overly-sensitive lot up in Consett, County Durham. They used to make steel there. Steel and the Phileas Fogg range of snacks. But in spite of that, some of the locals have been getting a little bit skittish over the recent positioning of a billboard in the town.

As you’ll see, an ad for zombie drama The Walking Dead was plastered on the side of the local branch of Co-Operative Funeralcare by Clear Channel – possibly not the greatest example of brand synergy you’ll ever see, especially if you’re shit-scared of zombies.

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Susan Jones of the Willow Burn Hospice in nearby Lanchester seemed particularly upset, according to the Daily Mail, saying things like: “'Emotions can be pretty raw when people are recently bereaved. Words like 'death' and 'dead' can be very difficult. If you encounter this just as you are going to the funeral service to make arrangements for a loved one, it could be upsetting.” And we bet she’s sent a few along there over the years – in a purely professional capacity of course.

We’ll leave the last word to local councillor Owen Temple, who said: “Some will be amused, but others may be offended. It left me unmoved.” Steel, everyone. Steel.

TOPICS:   Advertising

8 comments

  • David
    I think everyone has misunderstood the whole situation. Having being a resident of Conshit for my entire life, the sign is merely a warning for visitors of the kind of resident you can expect in the local area. Chanel 5 simply jazzed up the existing signage.
  • markymark
    So you attempt a joke about a woman from A HOSPICE having "sent a few along" to a funeral directors? As classy as we've come expect from a former columnist for the Sunday Sport I suppose.
  • Boris
    They are only moaning because they would lose business if the dead could actually walk. No need for coffins or overpriced black limousines then eh? They should just put up a cremation poster along side with the slap line "Best to make sure eh?" Grrrr Arrghh.
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    Made me laugh out loud, people need to lighten up a bit the whole point of this site is irony and humour. If you dont like it then sod off elsewhere
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    We used this company when my Dad died. I think he would have found this amusing.
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