Road signs welcoming drivers to Northumberland have been branded an ‘embarrassment’ after an awkward spelling error was spotted.

The signs are dotted along the Northumbrian border with Cumbria, Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle and North Tyneside with many seen carrying the spelling blunder.

They read: “Welcome to Northumberland. England’s Border Country (sic)”, adding an unnecessary letter R to the word ‘County’.

“It’s embarrassing,” one furious local said.

“These signs are meant to be welcoming people to Northumberland, but the council can’t even spell ‘county’ correctly.”

The Northern Echo: The signs are dotted along the Northumbrian border.The signs are dotted along the Northumbrian border. (Image: DANIEL HORDON)

A source told The Echo the signs, complete with posts, could cost anywhere up to £175 to replace before fitting charges.


The Echo contacted Northumberland County Council for a comment but they did not respond in time for publication.

One of the signs, on the A19, was taken down last year but is yet to be replaced.