Who’s a Cheeky Monkey?

Cheeky Monkey's logo
Cheeky Monkey's logo

A row has erupted over the use of a sign belonging to a children’s play centre.

Cheeky Monkey’s soft play centre, which is now based in Whittle-le-Woods, was launched in August 2004 off School Lane, Bamber Bridge.

The owners, Ian and Lorraine Kearney, paid for the services of a professional artist to design an image to go with the business name.

George Nicholas runs www.impact-murals.co.uk and following the success of Cheeky Monkey’s other play centres opened in the area and also used his services too.

However a copyright row has now erupted as the iconic image has now been spotted outside a play centre in Horwich called Funky Monkies.

Mrs Kearney has now employed the services of Chorley-based legal firm Kevill’s because she wants it removed.

She said: “It’s confusing for the customers. That image is synonymous with Cheeky Monkey’s in Whittle-le-Woods.

“Funky Monkies has nothing to do with us. We’ve asked them politely to remove it but nothing has happened.

“We’re prepared to go all the way with this one. We need to protect our businesses. We attract customers from up to a 20-mile radius and employ 31 staff. Some people might think this is a laughing matter but it’s not.”

The mother-of-two claimed her business - Northwest Play & Party Ltd - own the copyright on the monkey image.

The Guardian contacted Funky Monkies in Horwich.

Owner Justine Bond: “It’s in the hands of the solicitors.

“It’s been going on for two years. We don’t believe Cheeky Monkey’s own the copyright.

“We employed a specialist in Liverpool to create the image and paid a large sum of money. We’ve been established for two years. We would never take somebody else’s idea.”