Now that York council has voted to ban A-boards from the city’s streets (except, peculiarly, the street of Micklegate) we must mourn the loss of a creative industry.
For years, small business owners have been amusing and entertaining passers-by with their slogans, puns and observations set out in chalk on these pavement promotions.
Here’s a few we have spotted. If your favourite isn’t here, drop us a line with a pic and we’ll add it in.
A tale of two streets
Gibson’s Bar on Micklegate defines the differences between two of York’s indie streets.
From the Beliebers at Cut And Chase on Goodramgate.
God’s own A-board
Fossgate’s Blue Bell on regional pride.
The first of our dairy-based puns from Love Cheese on Gillygate.
What every girl wants
An entirely innocent suggestion for Valentine’s Day from Shambles Kitchen.
There’s never too much of a good thing at Christmas, suggests Mannions on Blake Street.
Double the fun
Another cheesy joke. Be warned, it’s not the last one.
Some security advice from Newgate Coffee Bar.
To brie or not to brie
This time Love Cheese has gone all Lionel Ritchie…
Romance isn’t dead
Gibson’s Bar goes heavy on the romance.
Honesty is the best policy at the Pig & Pastry on Bishopthorpe Road.
Love Cheese channels Mariah for Christmas.
The Fossgate Social knows its movies.
If that doesn’t make you thirsty…
Bennett’s Cafe on High Petergate readies the mint sauce.
On a winner
Who needs Michelin stars? Not Café 68 on Gillygate.
A sign for sore eyes at the Pig & Pastry.
The Fossgate Social goes all Breaking Bad on your ass.
When Jerry Ibbotson tweeted out this Pig & Pastry sign, it was re-tweeted 3,000 times.
Better than a brolly
Before this Love Cheese sign was washed away it read ‘Eating cheese keeps you dry in the rain’ (with the rider ‘may not be scientifically accurate’).
And this is how Albert became a genius. True story, according to Belle’s Bouffe on Bootham.
Getting your oats
The Pig & Pastry’s take on the battle of the sexes.
Some wonderful chalk work at City Screen.
Circles Café on Lendal Bridge gets poetic for Halloween.