Two road signs are causing confusion, and amusement, for residents after they shockingly misspelled the name of a town – can you spot the error?

Residents have been left astonished that the signs are still wrong after a number of years, despite a local authority's plans to replace them.

The North Yorkshire town of Thirsk has been misspelled on two road signs.

As a result, some residents have been left questioning whether a town of “Thrisk” actually exists following the mistake.

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The signs, which can be found just outside York’s Bar Walls, one in Jewbury Close to Monk Bar and the other on Foss Island Road, also direct people to Harrogate and Scarborough.

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A spokesperson for the council previously said in March that the signs would be replaced, however, recent images taken by Philip Page, who visited York from Essex, show the signs continue to bear the mistake.

The council previously said: “The signs were ordered with the correct spelling. This was an error made by the supplier who manufactured the signs.

"At no cost to the council, the supplier will be instructed to replace the signs."

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The error on the sign was first reported in August 2021 when resident Penny, who moved to York in May, was walking towards St John’s University.

At the time, Penny said it was “amazing” and she had to Google it to make sure “there’s not a place called Thrisk.”

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She added: “I just sent it to my friend who lives in Harrogate and she laughed her head off. She said, 'You have to send that to The Press' just to give everyone a laugh.

"I chuckled to myself at the roadside. It made my day to be honest."

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The Northern Echo contacted York City Council for a comment and update on when the signs would be replaced, however, they did not respond.


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