‘They’re taking over!’: Local bemused as Welsh language road sign appears in Winchester
There was bemusement in Winchester this week as a road sign in the Welsh language appeared in the Hampshire town, which is a 95-mile drive from Welsh border.
The sign placed near some roadworks on Teg Down Meads read ‘Llwybr Troed ar Gau’ or ‘Footpath Closed’ in English.
Linda Kay, of Goring Field, posted an image of the sign online, saying: “Welsh road signs spotted at the bottom of Teg Down Meads! They will be taking over next!
“Can someone please tell me why at Teg Down we have road signs in the Welsh language? It can’t just be for me, cos I’m only half Welsh!”
The road sign later came to the attention of the local paper, the Basingstoke Gazette and Hampshire Chronicle, both of which ran news articles on the phenomenon.
“The last time a Celtic language was widely used in the area would have been around 1,500 years ago, as the invading Anglo-Saxons from the south and the east pushed the native Britons out of the area and all the way westwards to Cornwall and Wales,” the Basingstoke Gazette said.
One online commentator on the article translated the sign: “It says, ‘I am lost please help me boyo’.”