PHOTO: Spot the spelling mistakes on Holt diversion sign

Spelling mistakes have added to frustration over a diversion in Holt. Spelling mistakes have added to frustration over a diversion in Holt.

Sunday, July 29, 2012
1:28 PM

A pair of spelling mistakes has added to frustration felt over a diversion that is set to be in place for three weeks.

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Signs are in place to redirect traffic as Anglian Water (AW) fixes a collapsed sewer on Hempstead Road, Holt.

The diversions have already prompted calls from Sanders Coaches managing director Charles Sanders to change the route, amid fears about lorries struggling to pass each other on Coronation Road.

Now locals have noticed that one of the signs includes Hempstead written as Hamsted and “maintenance” incorrectly spelt as “maintance”.

Jono Read, Labour’s spokesman for Holt, said there had been appeals to Norfolk County Council to provide better signage for lorries trying to access the industrial estate.

He said the additional sign at the end of Hempstead Road contained the two mistakes, and said there was “still not” adequate signage for the diversions.

He added: “We have been informed that the work from Anglian Water and, consequently, the road closure from Norfolk County Council will continue on the Hempstead Road for the first two weeks in August.

“To rub further salt into the wounds for residents and businesses the council has put up a sign and not even spelt the road name correctly.

“The industrial estate is an important area for business in the town with lorries frequently using this road. It is not going to help these businesses that alternative routes have not been clearly identified.”

35 comments

  • Why do some people 'center-justify' their text??? If your going to do that, then you should have paid more attention to you're Grammar lessons. [hehehehe]

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    Cajun

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Norma, you are a proper lady to admit it! Nearly fell four it myself. That Cajun is a wily old bird. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • do not encouarge the laydee that is larson lampshade.old capital letters spoils everything.

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    bookworm

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • If we're being pedantic, surely the word "road" should have a capital "R"!

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    Norfolk and Good

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • If you follow the diversion you will find one sign takes you up the bypass but the other end it takes you back down the bypass! Pee up in a brewery comes to mind.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Great idea, MJB! To keep it democratic, let`s have a pole. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Kettles and pots. The online edition of the EDP has recently carried reports of thunder and "lightening" and "Lightenings "at Marham and has been spotted confusing accept and except more than once.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • perhaps all these spelling mistakes are deliberate to see if we are paying attention to things going on in this mad world!! as for the holt road signs are they trying to unconfuse sat navs?? i cant believe boots were closed due to staff shortage if a big company like them suffer staff shortages what chance has tesco got ha ha

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Poor literacy and grammar are the norm nowadays and yet I still find my mouth agape at times. This week Haart Real Estate Agents in Thetford had a sign in their window advertising a house as Paradice. I find it astounding that the person's work is not checked and that nobody else that works in the shop has noticed the error. With so little attention to detail would you trust them with selling your house?

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    Shanski Dot Shannon Hoskison

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Nearly on a par with the handwritten sign on the door of Boots the chemists at Sheringham last week. "The shop is closed due to staff shrotage. Sorry for the inconvence." Not only were there spelling mistakes but the handwriting was terrible and all over the place!

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    samphirelover

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Judging by spelling errors in some of the EDP's reports online, I presume the sign referred to was put together by one of the newspaper's reporters!

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    Shirley Scott

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • if it was a quiet holt road this could have gone unreported but it is the road to the industrial estate where heavy goods vehicle go!

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    JP

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Spot on Shirley & Norma!! Or Shirlay & Norme in EDP-Speak?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Exactly Shirley - archant leads the way with spelling & grammatical errors.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Probably a university student doing a summer job.

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    BG

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • "to your grammar lessons" - Cajun.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Not necessarily, BG. There are lots of literacy challenged people available. You red it hear first.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Looks like the Monday Watch is on duty! EDP have taken enough punishment and have throwen in the toul. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • And today in the EDP we have a report on two Spinger spaniels found in a wood.

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    alecto

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • It`s disappeared again!! OMG.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Nexus_6, at least your stuff gets through! An attempted contribution of mine was rejected; "reason-Duplicate". So where IS it?? Only a memory of a letter received from the Bulgarian `Chair` of Brewing, Professor Pissarski (really!), requesting a visit to our Brewery. He signed off the letter thus: "Thanking you in antic pance, Yours sincelery".

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • The pun in the name had not escaped me, Larson. I cannot tell somebody`s gender from a posting. How do you do it? Is is a transgender swingers` club connection you have?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • People in glass houses, EDP...

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    Ivan Homeless

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Would this have been a story if it had been anywhere other than Holt?? Doubt it very much, surprised they haven't called an emergency council meeting to have it corrected.

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    Mr T

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • EDP, how about setting up a Grammar and Spelling forum on this website for readers to list EDP-only errors? Then, each month, you could publicise the totals and we all could see if the EDP is improving or not! It might just help your hard-pressed journalists and copy editors a bit, but it's sure to provide readers with endless entertainment, all in the name of media democracy...

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    MJB

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • I remember emailing Archant a few years ago when there was a story about someone and their desire to 'loose' weight.And just the other day there was a report about setting up businesses in an airport 'hanger'.Some people really are semi-literate at best,and there is no excuse for it.Just as well that the road wasn't closed indefinately.(Yes,I spelt it that way intentionally because half the people reading this wouldn't even notice the mistake.) I dread to think what the Txt gnr8tion is going to be like when they grow up.They will have trouble spelling their own names.

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    Nexus_6

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • What about "Grammer School Lane (Road?)" in North Walsham?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • You have to admit it was colossally crass of the journos to poke fun at grammar and spelling errors. One of my favourites locally is the sign in North Walsham directing the pedestrian to "Grammer School Road". I once received a letter, while working for a Suffolk Brewery, from a Professor Pissarski (really), Head of the Bulgarian School of Brewing. After requesting a study visit to our brewery, he finished his letter "Thanking you in anticpance, Yours sincelery". No worse than that diversion sign - and funnier?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • ***Norma, you are a proper lady to admit it****. Norma is a man. More Neville than Norma.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • I don't believe the online EDP is proof read either, as there are numerous spelling and grammatical errors on a regular basis.

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    tigtom

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • It arrived! Hallelujah.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Sorry Cajun , didn't read all of your post , irony bypass I'm afraid - that & a good bottle of red.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • How pedantic.

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    A business with big ambitions

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Noop, there not letting that one threw.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • some of the lorry drivers are eastern european what are they going to make of the sign ??

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    Double Bill

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

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