OXFAM SHOP TAKES DOWN ROYAL WEDDING DISPLAY AFTER COMPLAINTS

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The window display marking the royal wedding at Aberystwyth’s Oxfam Bookshop before it was taken down after online complaints. Photo: Gruffudd Antur/Twitter

AN Aberystwyth charity shop took down its royal wedding display in the run-up to the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday after a handful of online complaints.

The Cambrian News reported “Like many other shops and homes around the UK, including a charity shop in Llanidloes, the Oxfam Bookshop on North Parade put up Union Flag bunting and pictures of the couple, along with a display of donated books with a royal or wedding theme.

Oxfam received a handful of tweets saying the display “did not reflect the mood of Wales” and that it was “culturally insensitive”.

The charity decided to remove the bunting and pictures of the no Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but royal and wedding-related books remained in the window display following the online backlash.

Oxfam Cymru, which took to Twitter to apologise to those complaining if the display “caused upset”, said: “It is not at all our aim to intentionally insult our supporters or members of the public.”

Welsh poet Gruffudd Antur tweeted the charity to say “the manager of your Aberystwyth bookshop seems intent on losing customers and donations”.

Oxfam said shop managers set up window displays to “encourage people to support Oxfam and the work we do with the poorest and most deprived people around the world”.

Others tweeted to say they “would never use” the Oxfam shop again after the display, and would “take donations elsewhere”.

Several Twitter users, however, defended the charity, and called the complaints “ridiculous”, with one urging people to “stop being offended by something so trivial”.

The row follows a backlash of the renaming of the Second Severn Crossing as the Prince of Wales Bridge to mark Prince Charles’ 60 years as the Prince of Wales.

However, the people who run The Severn Hospice charity shop in Great Oak Street, Llanidloes, set up a royal wedding display to mark the event, watched by 11 million people on TV, without complaints” here.

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