Locals are calling for the ‘Welcome to Cumbria’ road sign to be urgently replaced as four letters are missing

Locals are calling for the ‘Welcome to Cumbria’ road sign to be urgently replaced… due to the ’embarrassing’ mysterious absence of four letters from that end

  • Locals have asked transport authorities to replace the ‘Welcome to Cumbria’ sign
  • The post on the Durham border is missing four letters at the end
  • The sign on the A689 now reads ‘Welcome to Cum’
  • Officials faced a similar problem last year when another sign read ‘Coming to Cum’

Concerned citizens have urged transport authorities to remove a road sign that reads “Welcome to Cum”.

The post, which is on the A689 on the border with County Durham, Cumbria, is said to read ‘Welcome to Cumbria’ but three of the letters have disappeared.

A photo of the incomplete shield was widely shared on Facebook, prompting people worldwide to react to the “unfortunate mistake”.

Durham County Councilman Mark Wilkes even urged neighboring leadership to “update their signage.”

Concerned citizens have urged transport authorities to remove a road sign that reads

Concerned citizens have urged transport authorities to remove a road sign that reads “Welcome to Cum”. The post, which is on the A689 on the border with County Durham, Cumbria, is said to read ‘Welcome to Cumbria’ but three of the letters have disappeared

“I’m afraid to even think about what they’re doing up the road,” one social media user said of the photo.

Another added: “That’s quite an unfortunate and embarrassing mistake – someone wasn’t keeping an eye on the signs.”

“I think our friends across the border in Cumbria should perhaps update their signage,” reiterated Mr Wilkes.

This isn’t the first time signs have caused confusion and humor for motorists in the north of England.

The ‘Welcome to Cumbria’ sign posted on the North Yorkshire border was missing letters last autumn. The sign instead said, “We’re coming to Cum.”

Similarly, residents of Thirsk were amazed that several years later, despite a local authority planning to replace them, signs in the town were still wrong.

The North Yorkshire town had been misspelled on two road signs – and actually appeared as ‘Thrisk’.

A'Welcome to Cumbria' sign posted on the North Yorkshire border was missing letters in September 2021. Instead, the sign read:

A ‘Welcome to Cumbria’ sign posted on the North Yorkshire border was missing letters in September 2021. Instead, the sign read: “We’re coming to Cum”.

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