Otley's ghost sign ‘is the best’

The Boroughgate building showing the faded wording from years gone by

The Boroughgate building showing the faded wording from years gone by

First published in News Ilkley Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A researcher is appealing for help to trace the history of this ‘ghost sign’ in Otley.

John Rymer is photographing and documenting old painted advertising signs on buildings across the country – and reckons this example on Boroughgate is “probably the best I have ever seen”.

The sign is a full wall advert for cigarettes and tobacco, but Mr Rymer, from Saltburn by the Sea, has been struggling to find out anything more about its past.

He said: “I have a project to photograph and document ghost signs and, where possible, I try to post the history of the business as well as of the photograph.

“But an internet search drew a blank on this one, so that’s where I wondered if Wharfedale & Aireborough Ob-server readers could help.”

Anyone with inform-ation that could help is asked to send an e-mail to g.signs@aol.com or johnrymer@ntlworld.

com, or to visit facebook.com/Ghost SignsUk, where Mr Rymer has set up a Facebook page dedicated to his project.

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