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

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Gibson’s Bar on Micklegate defines the differences between two of York’s indie streets.

Monday blues

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From the Beliebers at Cut And Chase on Goodramgate.

God’s own A-board

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Fossgate’s Blue Bell on regional pride.

Otterly silly

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The first of our dairy-based puns from Love Cheese on Gillygate.

What every girl wants

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An entirely innocent suggestion for Valentine’s Day from Shambles Kitchen.

Dead good

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There’s never too much of a good thing at Christmas, suggests Mannions on Blake Street.

Double the fun

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Another cheesy joke. Be warned, it’s not the last one.

Safety first

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Some security advice from Newgate Coffee Bar.

To brie or not to brie

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This time Love Cheese has gone all Lionel Ritchie…

Romance isn’t dead

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Gibson’s Bar goes heavy on the romance.

TV treat

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Honesty is the best policy at the Pig & Pastry on Bishopthorpe Road.

Note perfect

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Love Cheese channels Mariah for Christmas.

Horror story

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The Fossgate Social knows its movies.

Rootin’ tootin’

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If that doesn’t make you thirsty…

Rhyme time

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Bennett’s Cafe on High Petergate readies the mint sauce.

On a winner

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Who needs Michelin stars? Not Café 68 on Gillygate.

Morning after

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A sign for sore eyes at the Pig & Pastry.

Chemical reaction

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The Fossgate Social goes all Breaking Bad on your ass.

Viral hamster

Hamster pic © Good Free Photos
Hamster pic © Good Free Photos

When Jerry Ibbotson tweeted out this Pig & Pastry sign, it was re-tweeted 3,000 times.

Better than a brolly

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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’).

Hair raising

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And this is how Albert became a genius. True story, according to Belle’s Bouffe on Bootham.

Getting your oats

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The Pig & Pastry’s take on the battle of the sexes.

Summer celebration

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Some wonderful chalk work at City Screen.

Spooky verse

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Circles Café on Lendal Bridge gets poetic for Halloween.