Fans and visiting teams beware… you are no longer welcome at Bootham Crescent.
But only because Storm Henry has claimed the “Welcome” from the “Welcome To Bootham Crescent” sign.
Part of the sign at the entrance to York City’s football ground came down in the gales at about 7.40am on Monday night (February 1).
A fire crew from Acomb was called in after part of the sign was left hanging in a precarious position. The loose panel was removed and the sign made safe.
If you look closely you can see two previous signs exposed behind the modern version.
A fire crew works on the broken sign
In the end, rather like the team this season, the sign was down but not out…
News from Bootham Crescent… the welcome sign has blown down. Suppose that puts an end to any new arrivals now! pic.twitter.com/NpwJsNk1cM
— York City FC (@yorkcityfc) February 1, 2016
Thanks to the storm-force winds, it has been a busy time for York firefighters…
11.52am: Fire on Dundas Street
Crews from York, Acomb, Tadcaster and Huntington attended a fire in a building on Dundas Street. The fire was confined to a cable joint on site and extinguished. Firefighters carried out an inspection of the building with a thermal image camera to ensure the fire had not spread.
12.23pm – Dangerous window, Bright Street
A York crew attended and dealt with a first floor window overhanging a public footpath. They used a nine-metre ladder to access the window and used small tools to make it safe and secure.
2.08pm – Loose panels on a roof on Leeman Road
A crew from Acomb used ladders to reach the roof and make safe various loose wooden panels and glass.