A typ­i­cally trop­i­cal wel­come for the Bri­tain in Bloom judges

Sunderland Echo - - Retro -

To the pass­ing mo­torist, it may look un­can­nily like a pineap­ple, but it is also a sym­bol of wel­come, both for vis­i­tors and Bri­tain in Bloom judges.

The Board Inn round­about on Durham Road will take on a dis­tinctly trop­i­cal look over the next week.

As part of Sun­der­land’s en­try into Bri­tain in Bloom, two gi­ant pineap­ples with a steel struc­ture in­side have been pro­duced by the coun­cil’s black­smith shop.

They were put on the round­about on Durham Road, one of the ma­jor en­trances into the city, where they rest on a bed of coloured bark de­signed to match the six colours of Sun­der­land Coun­cil’s mil­len­nium logo.

The steel fruits are just one of many ex­hibits along the road, which will also fea­ture a spec­tac­u­lar globe at the junc­tion with St Mary’s Way.

But the plac­ing of the pineap­ples at what is one of the ma­jor en­trances into Sun­der­land is no ac­ci­dent. Since El­iz­a­bethan times, when ex­plor­ers brought back the fruit from their Caribbean trav­els, the pineap­ple has been re­garded as the in­ter­na­tional sign of wel­come and pros­per­ity. In Ed­war­dian days, pineap­ples were a tra­di­tional fea­ture in gar­dens and were carved on the in­side and out­side of houses. These fruits have al­ways been a sym­bol of wealth.

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