02/12/2010 10:48 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Penguins At Hamley's Cancelled

Hamley's has decided not to go ahead with its planned live penguin show after public outrage, as covered by Parentdish earlier this week.

Today London's msot famous toy store issued this statement:

'Hamleys' recognises that having penguins in store has raised concerns amongst some of its customers and, as a result, we have decided to cancel their proposed appearance next week.

Whilst we were taking every measure possible to ensure the welfare of the penguins, we have listened closely to people's views and feel this is the best course of action. We apologise to those of our customers who were looking forward to seeing the penguins.

We remain very excited about treating our customers to a magical Christmas at Hamleys during this festive period.'