Fictional places like Narnia and Neverland have started mysteriously appearing on road signs in Oxfordshire.
Didcot, once named England’s most normal town, appears to be home of fiction’s greatest places, including Middle Earth and the Emerald City.
The fantasy locations were recently added to five signs along the A4130 in Oxfordshire.
The county council said that although it was amusing, it was ‘vandalism’ that could distract drivers.
A statement from the council read:
We will investigate as soon as the weather improves. While on the surface amusing, it is vandalism and a potential distraction for drivers.
People on Facebook were a big fan of the signs, with one saying ‘These are actually real. How brilliant’.
Karl Harris uploaded the photos asking if anyone else had noticed the signs around the railway town.
Mary Davis made a good point, saying:
Just read that the local authority was concerned that these “could be a potential distraction to drivers” – I don’t see local authorities concerning themselves with that when they give permission for roadside advertising signs. Perhaps they just can’t take a joke…
Didcot’s mayor Jackie Billington saw the funny side of the signs, saying she thought the signs would make motorists smile when they spotted them.
It proves yet again, that Didcot is more than just a ‘normal’ town, it’s quite quirky now with the new signage.
Local resident Charlotte Westgate said she saw a hooded man in his 20s adding ‘Gotham City’ to a sign on Friday.
She said to the BBC:
He was on his own, and didn’t seem worried that anyone might be looking at him, but no one driving past did anything to stop him.
No one quite knows who is responsible for making Didcot slightly less normal, but we commend him.