The weird road sign that has been on a Welsh street for over 10 years

If you’ve ever driven down this road in Porthcawl, chances are you’ve spotted a rather unusual road sign.

Located towards the end of Newton Nottage Road – around a mile away from Trecco Bay Beach – the red triangular sign is designed to warn motorists that ducks from a nearby pond may be on the road.

But, look a bit closer and you might notice something a little strange.

That’s because the sign actually contains a black outline of a large duck being ridden by a man – with reins.

And according to people on social media, the sign been there for decades – and has become a bit of an iconic landmark in the local area.

The road sign of a man riding a duck which has been Newton Nottage road in Porthcawl for years
(Image: Jonathan Myers)

Commenting on a picture of the sign posted to the Porthcawl First Facebook group, Rachael Pitman wrote: “It’s been like it for years. Just someone being light hearted.”

While Chris Booth said: “It’s been there since I was a kid. I’m 27 now. Love it personally and it still tickles me.”

And Jamie Paul wrote: “Iconic… It’s been there for over 20 years.”

Another member of the group Sandy Hoy also commented: “It has been there for years – really surprised it hasn’t been removed . But, I love it. Makes me smile as I go past every time.”

According to locals, it’s been there for decades
(Image: Jonathan Myers)

And it seems, the sign has also been putting a smile on the faces of other local residents.

Posting to the group, another member Sally Davis said: “I love this makes me smile every time I go past,” and Denise Clare said: “I love that sign. I hope it never gets removed.”

“It’s part of Porthcawl and long may it stay, it makes me smile every time I see it,” Elly Yule also said.

While, Lucia Thomas wrote: “Love this sign. It makes me laugh every time” and Steve Williams said: “It’s genius that’s what it is!”

The sign makes motorists smile as they drive past
(Image: Jonathan Myers)

The sign has also been a hot topic on local resident forums for a number of years – with some posts dating back more than 10 years.

After driving past the sign, a man posted to a local Digital Spy forum in 2010: “Earlier today we were driving into Porthcawl and I saw a red triangular road sign, containing a black outline picture of a large duck being ridden by a man.

“I spent the rest of the day being mocked by the other people in the car for having an elaborate imagination, for having momentarily fallen asleep and had a very vivid dream, or for having magic mushrooms for breakfast.

“In WHSmith, they even asked the assistant if he could point out this road sign in a copy of the Highway Code!

“Everyone found it vastly amusing at my expense.

“So please, please, will someone else tell me that they have seen this sign too – and what on earth it is supposed to mean??”

And has been a hot topic on social media and online forums for a number of years
(Image: Jonathan Myers)

Bridgend County Council has been contacted for comment.

Article source: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/porthcawl-duck-road-sign-council-17543965