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The man behind the magic… Terry Ramplin

UPDATED: An argument over capital letters and words used to encourage drivers to slow down outside a popular Christmas Lights display in Newport has resulted in the signs being removed.

The Police’s traffic enforcement advisor has raised concerns about the use of the word ‘SLOW’ on a road sign, as it is apparently not road legal. There have also been points raised about the use of capital letters on signage stating ‘Pedestrians Crossing’ – with a capital C.

Terry Ramplin, who lights up his house on Long Lane for charity and is the Star Display of this year’s Light up the Wight, has spoken to Island Echo and expressed his disbelief at the situation. He is just trying to keep everyone safe whilst raising thousands of pounds for charity.

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It was only 3 years ago that the Long Lane display was at the centre of a ‘theft’ when Terry’s sheep signs disappeared. It later transpired Island Roads had removed the signs as they did not conform to standards.

Both the ‘pedestrians crossing’ and ‘slow’ signs, which are erected free of charge by HSS Hire each year, have now been replaced with alternative signage. Terry has said he is happy that the signs are once again in place to slow drivers down on the fast stretch of road – despite being a 30mph limit.

Island Roads have been approached for a comment.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY – A spokesperson for Island Roads has said:

“Island Roads is happy to support Mr Ramplin’s annual display and earlier this month, with traffic management contractors HSS arranged for temporary traffic lights to be put in place to ensure the ‘opening night’ was held in a safe fashion.

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“However, following comments received from the police, temporary warning signs put out as a gesture of goodwill by HSS were removed while set of signage that is most appropriate for this location was agreed.

“New signs are now in place and we wish Mr Ramplin all the best for another successful and safe year’s  fundraising through his spectacular display”.

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