A WOMAN known as Mistress Pain is hoping to whip up a storm when she moves her business – including a "torture den" complete with rack and chains – to a bustling high street.
Tracy Wilkinson, 40, who made a name for herself in Accrington, is moving her popular lingerie store, Peaches, to Union Road in Oswaldtwistle.
Peaches, based on Abbey Street until tomorrow, sells a range of saucy underwear, costumes and sex aids as well as offering the £100-an-hour services of a dominatrix.
Tracy plans to rename her store Perfect Image when it re-opens at 300 Union Road, close to Garland’s Florists, in the next couple of weeks.
She said: "Business is doing great. I am moving the shop because Accrington as a town is dying. My partner runs a PC repair shop in Oswaldtwistle and we have found the difference in the number of customers staggering.
"I will be expanding the shop side of the business by selling club wear and erotic fancy dress. Hopefully this will take off with both old and new customers."
The torture cellar, which includes a rack, a pair of stocks, an X-shaped crucifix and a metal cage, will also be moved to Oswaldtwistle and couples wanting to make the most of the restraining equipment will be able to hire it for a photo shoot.
Tracy hit back at her critics who said the dominatrix side of her business would fail when it hit the headlines in February 2007.
She said: "That side of the business is doing well. I have people from all walks of life coming to visit me, including Muslim men who people said would be repulsed at what I do.
"At the end of the day nobody knew we existed here until it hit the papers. People who use this kind of service will find us wherever we are, regardless of the opinions of the majority. I am confident business will flourish in Oswaldtwistle."
Tracy is planning on reinventing her dominatrix persona by deciding on a new name when she sheds her popular Mistress Pain nickname.
Hyndburn Council leader and Oswaldtwistle councillor Peter Britcliffe said: "Only time will tell if there is a need for this kind of establishment in Oswaldtwistle. I think many residents will wonder what is going on and worry about its impact on the community.
"However, I didn’t hear of any problems when the shop was in Accrington and I hope that will continue here."
Canon Michael Ratcliffe, of St Paul’s Church, Oswaldtwistle, said: "I do not want this and I think that goes for the majority of my parishioners. We have only just got rid of the gun shop here in Oswaldtwistle so this is not good news for us."
But Rachel McClure, owner of Garland’s Florists, welcomed the shop.
She said: "To be honest at least it’s a new business for the area and one less empty shop. You never know, it might complement the bridal store a few doors up."