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Thursday, 21 April 2016

It's a sign of the times at Downholme

Historic roads signs on the outskirts of a village in Swaledale have been given a facelift thanks to a grant from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

The three signs telling drivers they are approaching the village of Downholme could be more than 80 years old and needed urgent repairs.

Andrea Burden, the national park's sustainable development officer, said: “The signs are rare examples of the early days of motoring and they often only survive in rural areas, which means they are increasingly important in terms of our heritage.

“They are made of aluminium and the lettering and glass ball reflectors – which are set low down in relation to the road level – could date from the 1930s and they continued to be made into the 1950s.

“We were very happy to give Hudswell and District Parish Council a grant for £1,682 towards the cost of having them restored by a specialist company.”

Parish council clerk Claire Swainston said: “The restored signs look amazing – it's good to have Downholme back on the road map again."

The cash came from the national park's sustainable development fund which is available for initiatives that contribute to area's natural beauty, wildlife or cultural heritage.

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