Surrey road sign spelling blunder corrected after residents kicked off

Road sign saying Godalming
-Credit: (Image: Timothy Holt)


One Surrey town has come back into existence after being changed on a road sign. For motorists in Milford the town of Godalming was recently replaced with the fictional missspelt ‘Goldalming’ in a road sign blunder last week.

Speaking to SurreyLive at the time Maxine Gale, an independent Waverley Borough Councillor for Witley & Milford Ward, told SurreyLive: “Because I’m the local Borough Councillor I get sent everything. [The sign] came in and I thought this really can’t be true. I thought somebody has done an AI photo.

“It has caused quite a stir, but actually it's really just an annoyance because it means that nobody has really taken the time. It’s a lack of attention.”

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The issue was slightly remedied when the offending road sign was later corrected with a white stripe to say “Go Dalming”, which was still incorrect. However, new photos show that the sign has now been completely changed and displays the right town name.

When the mistake was noticed a Surrey County Council Spokesperson said: "Our contractor has confirmed that this was a mistake made by their sign manufacturer. This is in the process of being rectified, at no additional cost to Surrey County Council.”

While residents were baffled by the mistake, Maxine, 68, said: “Godalming is a strange town name and we do see it spelt in many different ways. Quite often you receive bits and pieces through and Godalming is spelt incorrectly and also you hear it on the radio. Sometimes they can’t actually pronounce it how we would.”

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