Vinyl Signs of Whitby puts Bothams back on the map

The charm of old, narrow streets and the bulk of modern heavy goods vehicles don’t make the best of partnerships as an ornately bracketed sign above long established bakers, Bothams of Whitby was to discover. There’s been a Bothams in the ancient port town since 1865 arguing that it has a longer-standing claim on its space than articulated trucks do.

A projecting sign identifying Bothams was recently introduced to a bit of close-quarters contact with a truck and came off second in the encounter. The sign, a beautiful hand-painted piece framed with an ornate projecting hanging bracket was created and fitted by well-known local sign artist Robert Lamerton. The blacksmith crafted bracket work was easily straightened but the sign panel itself, was beyond economic repair.

Enter Vinyl Signs of Whitby and its managing Director Robert Lamerton, the same Robert Lamerton who’s painted the original. Robert prescribed a replacement panel in more modern, resistant materials and proved that a trained eye for lettering and layout in tandem with today’s hardware and materials can produce a spot-on result.

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Metamark M7 cut and applied materials now do the job once reserved for brush applied paint. The detail is cut from several Metamark M7 colours and skilfully laid up against the M7 background. Bothams now has its sign back and looking its traditional best. The sign also enjoys the benefits of its being made from modern, maintenance free materials by a hands-on craftsman.

Robert Lamerton commented, “I learned signwriting in the traditional sense and it has given me an appreciation for lettering and layout that works well it today’s modern market too. It’s good to see Bothams’ sign restored to its position above the shop. We’re ready to oblige again if needed!”

Robert’s company, Vinyl Signs of Whitby undertakes the design and production off all forms of signing and vehicle graphics and is well known to businesses in the locality.

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