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Councillor fails to see the funny side of joke plaques


One of the plaques

One of the plaques

The signs were attached to rocks

The signs were attached to rocks


One of the plaques

A CHEEKY prankster has put up makeshift signs in one of Northern Ireland’s most popular seaside resorts.

The unknown joker attached small gold metal plaques to huge boulders along the seafront in Newcastle.

The signs feature quips including ‘don’t worry, beach happy’ and ‘don’t take life for granite’.

Several of them use the names of film stars and their famous roles, with the name of ‘Rocky’ Balboa placed beside small holes in the rocks that surround the Tropicana swimming complex in the centre of the town.

Newry Mourne and Down District Council has washed its hands of the unofficial additions.

One councillor has asked for the unofficial signs to be removed because they conflict with council policy.

Harold McKee said: “Someone certainly had time on their hands, adding a bit of fun, but unfortunately council policy, as far as I am aware, is that no names should be included on council property including buildings, benches and gardens.

“Officials I have contacted have no idea how the plates got there.”

The names on the signs, which also include martial arts actor Chuck Norris, and the use of the word ‘poked’ led the TUV councillor to his own conclusions about the prankster.

“Whoever came up with the idea of naming and sticking the plates beside holes in the rock which may be used to split the boulders using dynamite was perhaps of American origin,” Mr McKee said.

A spokesperson for the council said: “This matter has not been discussed at any council committee meetings and there are no plans to take any action in relation to the removal of the signs.”

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