It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad sign

Are you human? If so, what’s the first thing you are going to think of doing when you see a notice like this one?


I know my reaction, which I did restrain, was to find a stone and throw it at the sign. Without such a notice I’d never have thought of such an idea. I reckon notices like this have that effect. Something you’d never have thought of is put in your head. I’m sure I know people for whom the urge to throw a stone would have been too strong and they’d have succumbed to it.

But of course, it is a lovely enamel sign and the G R tells us that a George was King when it was erected. I’m going to guess George V (1910-36) but of course it could have been George VI (1936 – 52).


The other thing about this notice is that what it says is clearly not going to happen. There’s just nobody about to report stone throwers. The chances of any prosecution are about nil. But of course, I wouldn’t wish to encourage any anti-social behaviour.

I spotted this sign back in the summer of 1988. We were on a family holiday near the village of Drummore, near the Mull of Galloway. This is Scotland’s most southerly point and it may surprise some readers to know that it is not on the border with England. If you cross over the border north of Carlisle you get to Gretna. If you turn left there, onto the A75, after nearly 100 miles you arrive at Stranraer. At this ferry port, for boats to Northern Ireland you can turn left and after 16½ miles you’ll reach Drummore. About five miles further south will bring you to the Mull of Galloway.

For those that like perspective, The Mull of Galloway is less than 25 miles from Northern Ireland and a similar distance from the Isle of Man.  In a straight line it is about fifty miles to England.


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2 Responses to “It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad sign”

  1. Pete Says:

    Those signs are changing hands for quite a considerable sum on Ebay. And as they aren’t of much practical use I wonder whether anyone would be prosecuted for stealing one? Perhaps there aren’t that many left now!

  2. marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

    Well f course, stealing one would be a real crime but I can imagine they sell for quite a bit and yes – completely useless!

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