Recently, at the Cessnock subway station entrance in Glasgow, Scotland, a subway sign was removed that has been a part of the station for a number of years. This ignited a firestorm and backlash over the sign removal began to take place on Twitter in a matter of hours. According to the article Anger Over Removal of Historic Glasgow Sign, “Avril Williamson, who started the hashtag [#SaveCessnockSign], says she was stunned by the removal of the arch and added: “The arches are unique to Cessnock and reflect the special character of the area – we Glaswegians like to be that little bit different.”
As we have seen, when citizens get involved in preventing the removal or transformation of a historic sign, like the Citgo Sign in Boston (see our Blog Signs of the World: Citgo Sign) or the Coca-Cola Sign (check out San Francisco Sign Tour), change happens. This is true with the aggressive Twitter campaign, as the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport has already stopped their plans to remove the second arch sign. Although no plans have been made to reinstate the removed sign, many realize the significance signs have in a city’s history. Hopefully their appreciation for signage pays off. We hope it does!
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