Merseyside business crowned the 'punniest' in the North West - full list of UK winners

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From Barber Streisand to Tan Solo - members of the public voted for the shops and businesses with the best 'punny' names.

Up against other North West shops such as Wirral's 'Somefin Fishy' pet shop and Manchester's 'Tan A Reef' tanning salon, a Southport business has been crowned the 'punniest' in the region.

Linguistic experts at language learning platform, Babbel, analysed social media and shortlisted 120 UK venues - with clever or amusing puns in their names - that are most frequently mentioned.

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Members of the public were then asked to vote for their favourite and the regional and national winners can now be revealed.

Southport removals business, Jean Claude Van Man, took the top spot for the best 'punny' name shop name in the North West, and also placed third in the whole of the UK.

Taking the UK number one spot was Belfast-based clothing alterations shop, Sew it Seams, closely followed by Wales’ Harlech-based clothing shop Damsel In This Dress.

Regional winners

  • East Midlands: On a Wick and a Prayer, Candle Shop (Ashbourne)
  • East of England: Alley Barber, Barbers (Luton)
  • London: Barber Streisand, Hairdressers (Clerkenwell)
  • North East: Tan Solo, Tanning Shop (Sunderland)
  • North West: Jean Claude Van Man, Removals Van (Southport)
  • Northern Ireland: Sew It Seams, Alterations (Belfast)
  • Scotland: Hairy Pop-Ins, Pet Sitter (Mainland Shetland)
  • South East: Pane in the Glass, Window Repairs (Kent)
  • South West: The Hound of the Basket Meals, Food Van (Dartmoor)
  • Wales: Damsel In This Dress, Clothing Shop (Harlech)
  • West Midlands: Iron Maiden, Ironing Service (Birmingham)

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