Morpeth road sign sparks amusement

A yellow road sign was placed on Alexandra Road at Middle Greens in Morpeth on Monday afternoon to inform drivers that there was no parking beyond where it had been placed

The sign at Alexandra Road, Middle Greens in Morpeth
The sign at Alexandra Road, Middle Greens in Morpeth

A bungling council sign maker has sparked amusement in a Northumberland market town after slipping up on his words.

A yellow road sign was placed on Alexandra Road at Middle Greens in Morpeth on Monday afternoon to inform drivers that there was no parking beyond where it had been placed.

However, instead of writing “No Parking past this point,” the errant signmaker wrote “No Parking passed this point.”

A photograph of the sign was posted on the Morpeth Matters page on social networking website Facebook.

“It is a basic grammatical error, it is kind of schoolboy stuff, I reckon. It did make us chuckle” said David Clark, on the boundary of whose Morpeth Town Council North ward the sign is located.

“I went up the street earlier and I bumped into someone, and they said ‘Did you see that picture of Facebook?’ and we had a little chuckle.

“It is a knocking bet that the person who probably got it cut into some sort of vinyl cutting machine will have been made aware of his error.

“No doubt someone will have brought it to their attention.

“I suspect that the person responsible will be sitting with a bit of a red face.

“They certainly do not deserve to be pilloried, it has caused mild titillation around Morpeth.”

The photograph was posted on Facebook by one town resident who wrote: “Anybody who thinks there’s something wrong with this road sign at Middle Greens, please write to the director of vocabulary and spelling at Northumberland Country Counsel.”

One hundred and twenty seven site users had liked the picture last night while it had attracted 45 comments.

Among them was Matt Cummings who wrote: “I personally can’t see the issue with the sign.

“I consider it very informative of the council to let us all know that no parking did indeed go past that point.”

Emma Louise Russell joked: “Must not have PAST their english exam!” while Nark Goodgrass added: “It’s all in the passed now anyway.”

A county council spokeswoman confirmed that the highways authority makes its own signs, at a unit at Choppington.

She vowed to find out how the incorrect sign had been put in place, saying signmakers produce signs based on instructions.

However, the authority did not provide a comment.

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