A typically tropical welcome for the Britain in Bloom judges
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.