A Hollywood-style sign on a hillside overlooking Bristol which read ‘BRISTOLAND’ has been removed – after pranksters changed it to read ‘IT’S BLAND’.
The original sign appeared overnight on the side of the picturesque Avon Gorge in January.
It was fixed to mesh fencing halfway up a rock face and the 8ft high letters became a familiar site to commuters on the busy A4 Portway into the city.
But on Sunday night jokers accessed the site and removed some letters before adding an apostrophe.
The National Trust, which owns the site, then stepped in and removed all the letters on Monday because the new wording was considered ‘inappropriate’.
Head warden Bill Morris said: “We can see the funny side of Bristoland, but we always said the sign had a finite life and the change to It’s Bland was the point to remove it.”
It is still not known who created the original sign or the altered one.
Mr Morris: “I certainly wouldn’t have liked to have put them up – it’s a pretty steep slope so it would have been a difficult job.
“It was fun while it lasted and I hope they can come up with something new.”