Prankster finds 'nothing worth mentioning' in Preston

Dorset Echo: Picture by Graham Hunt Picture by Graham Hunt

A PRANKSTER has targeted a local attraction sign in Weymouth.

The sign has been added to several existing tourist markers on Preston Beach Road to suggest that while there are plenty of noteworthy places off to the right, there is “nothing worth mentioning” to the left of Overcombe corner.

Councillor for Preston, Ian Bruce, had just been out to see the sign for himself and was very complimentary about the work of the mischief maker.

He said: “I wondered whether it was a Banksy at first, it's so well done.

“It's a very amusing sign and that direction leads to my house.

“Perhaps this will be a good thing, when so many people see this sign I'm sure that they will all write in to the Dorset Echo and tell you about all the wonderful things that are worth mentioning in Preston.”

A spokesperson for Dorset County Council's Highway Department, said: “That sign shouldn't be there and we're sending someone out to remove it in the next day or so.”

This is not the first time that signs in the Weymouth area have been comically altered, with one being changed to read, Portland 6 Manchester United 0.

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5:01pm Tue 4 Feb 14

portland maid says...

A Banksy? oh lord.
A Banksy? oh lord. portland maid
  • Score: 0

5:46pm Tue 4 Feb 14

MrTomSmith says...

Can I ask, do you have a hot line to Councillor for Preston Ian Bruce when these hot news items come up?
Can I ask, do you have a hot line to Councillor for Preston Ian Bruce when these hot news items come up? MrTomSmith
  • Score: 4

6:24pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Get a grip says...

Preston is only matched by Southill in being dull
Preston is only matched by Southill in being dull Get a grip
  • Score: 4

8:32pm Tue 4 Feb 14

koeterwaals says...

Why does the council have to remove it? It is just a bit of fun and I am sure it will bring a smile to many a traveller.
Why does the council have to remove it? It is just a bit of fun and I am sure it will bring a smile to many a traveller. koeterwaals
  • Score: 16

9:51pm Tue 4 Feb 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Hopefully it will deter tourists from venturing up Preston Road (:o))
The road 'planners' did say that they wanted less traffic along there when they were 'planning' the so-called roundabout at the end of the Beach Road.
Hopefully it will deter tourists from venturing up Preston Road (:o)) The road 'planners' did say that they wanted less traffic along there when they were 'planning' the so-called roundabout at the end of the Beach Road. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 4

6:54am Wed 5 Feb 14

imperial926 says...

Can we have one of these on the approach to Portland?
Can we have one of these on the approach to Portland? imperial926
  • Score: 1

8:07am Wed 5 Feb 14

MaidofDorset says...

That sign would only spur me to explore whatever the locals were trying to keep to themselves. Leave it for a while.we could do with a bit of a laugh with all the rain/wind etc. we've had over the last 6 weeks.
That sign would only spur me to explore whatever the locals were trying to keep to themselves. Leave it for a while.we could do with a bit of a laugh with all the rain/wind etc. we've had over the last 6 weeks. MaidofDorset
  • Score: 3

11:09am Wed 5 Feb 14

scubadude says...

Got to love how the Council have time and people spare to remove a tiny sign at a moments notice but can't be bothered to fix or maintain anything they are responsible for properly on a daily basis. Are they all sitting in the depot waiting to remove the odd comedy sign?
Got to love how the Council have time and people spare to remove a tiny sign at a moments notice but can't be bothered to fix or maintain anything they are responsible for properly on a daily basis. Are they all sitting in the depot waiting to remove the odd comedy sign? scubadude
  • Score: 11

12:26pm Wed 5 Feb 14

peskykat says...

MaidofDorset wrote:
That sign would only spur me to explore whatever the locals were trying to keep to themselves. Leave it for a while.we could do with a bit of a laugh with all the rain/wind etc. we've had over the last 6 weeks.
Well said - a good laugh is just what we need at the moment, unfortunately DCC don't like us to have a reason to be cheerful !!
[quote][p][bold]MaidofDorset[/bold] wrote: That sign would only spur me to explore whatever the locals were trying to keep to themselves. Leave it for a while.we could do with a bit of a laugh with all the rain/wind etc. we've had over the last 6 weeks.[/p][/quote]Well said - a good laugh is just what we need at the moment, unfortunately DCC don't like us to have a reason to be cheerful !! peskykat
  • Score: 3

2:53pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Rocket dog3 says...

Who ever did it well done it cracked me up what a laugh
Who ever did it well done it cracked me up what a laugh Rocket dog3
  • Score: 2

9:31am Thu 6 Feb 14

kenatchristchurch says...

Absolutely brilliant bit of harmless fun. Shame it won't be allowed to stay for a while, would bring a smile to a lot of people, which can only be a good thing!
Absolutely brilliant bit of harmless fun. Shame it won't be allowed to stay for a while, would bring a smile to a lot of people, which can only be a good thing! kenatchristchurch
  • Score: 3

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