Blundering council spells Derbyshire war hero's name wrong on street sign - AGAIN

A road that recognises a Derbyshire’s hero’s contribution to Britain’s wartime effort has been given a new street sign that spells his name incorrectly – for a second time.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 9:25 am

Barnes Wallis Way in Buckshaw Village, Chorley, is named after the man who designed the ‘bouncing bombs’ used in the Dambusters raid over Germany in 1943.

Born in Ripley, in Derbyshire Wallis has no personal connection to the borough, but the munitions he developed during World War Two were filled at the former Royal Ordnance Factory in Euxton – on the site where the Buckshaw estate was built some 60 years later.

Back in 2016, a new nameplate was installed on Barnes Wallis Way – but it misspelled the aviation engineer’s surname and so mistakenly read “Barnes Wallace Way”.

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County Cllr Aidy Riggott with the Barnes Wallis Way street sign that has been spelt incorrectly
County Cllr Aidy Riggott with the Barnes Wallis Way street sign that has been spelt incorrectly

That error was quickly rectified after it came to light. However, five years on, and the well-known name has proved a booby trap for signwriters once again.

Another street marker has now appeared directly opposite the one that was originally spelled incorrectly.

While those responsible for the latest sign have assiduously ensured that “Wallis” is spelled as it should be, they have now missed the ‘e’ out of his Christian name – so this time it reads “Barns Wallis Way”.

Aidy Riggott, Lancashire county councillor for the Buckshaw and Euxton division, said he thought his eyes were deceiving him when he spotted the latest lapse.

“I just couldn’t believe it when I saw it – and neither could the residents who live nearby. My first thoughts were, ‘Oh no, not again’.

Locals who took to social media in response to the signwriting slip-up were split between those who seemed to see the funny side – “They only had one job” – to others who thought it pointed to a more serious problem – “No British history being taught in schools these days”.

Although Lancashire County Council is responsible for the region’s roads, it is borough authorities that oversee street name signs, which are sometimes installed by developers under council supervision.

A spokesperson for Chorley Council said: “We have been made aware of the error and will arrange for a replacement street nameplate to be installed as soon as possible.”