Several years ago, I wrote a piece about the famous ‘Lucozade’ sign which has welcomed motorists approaching London from the west with its vintage, sparkling display since the 1950s.
The sign, located at Brentford, can even be glimpsed in a 1975 episode of ‘The Sweeney’:
But now, thanks to the brazen action of advertising giant JC Decaux, the sign has vanished; hastily removed over the Christmas period and replaced with yet another, generic digital board. An so, yet again, London has had another little piece of its uniqueness and character chiseled away.
What a sad way to start the year.
Well done, Pete. Many thanks 🙂
Yes, and the “Welcome to Britain” sign that welcomed visitors to London as you exited Heathrow. I was also sad to notice the blue motorway sign on the 1975 video footage. This road is now, of course, a 40 MPH “A” road!
Yes, very good points! The model of Concorde outside Heathrow airport is sorely missed too; the big A380 they’ve got in its place looks nowhere near as elegant.
It’s been restored – well the wording has .. it’s now in Gunnersbury museum