21 years cannot erase the emotional scars from the last time Alice in Wonderland was the theme for Fenwick's Christmas display. Is it too soon? I think so. It seems like only yesterday that I recoiled at the ugly contorted face of Alice as she falls through the rabbit hole. The soundtrack was no better - what with the Queen of Hearts exhortations to "chop off his head" followed by musical refrains of "chop chop chop off his head". It wasn't well received by the people of the North East either, judging by the bad press it received at the time.
All last week, the windows of Fenwick's Newcastle store were the shrouded in black plastic, as the final tweaks were made to this year's Xmas display which was unveiled on Friday evening. This annual event in Newcastle, for over forty years now, is hotly anticipated and draws more crowds each year. This year's theme is Alice in wonderland - AGAIN. I caught a glimpse of the display this week and was horrified. From 50 yards away, I immediately recognised the vortex representing Alice falling down the rabbit hole - surely not the same display? On closer inspection, I could see that Alice was not quite as disturbing as the one years ago. Phew!