Mystery as Ainsley Harriott faces appear on Derbyshire road signs

Mystery surrounds why a number of pictures of TV chef Ainsley Harriott have appeared on road signs in Derbyshire.

A picture of his face on a sign in Buxton, in the Peak District, has attracted hundreds of comments on social media in recent days.

And it has also come to light that another road sign in Little Eaton has his face on as well.

In fact, both signs see Mr Harriott’s face covering the number ‘0’ on speed limit signs for reasons which remain unclear.

Mr Harriott is a well known name in the TV and cooking world, having appeared and presented on the cult classic daytime show Ready Steady Cook.

It is understood the pictures have been on each sign for several weeks or even months but the reason, at least so far, appears to be a mystery.

And despite hundreds of comments on the “High Peak Live” Facebook page and on BBC Radio Derby’s social media, nobody seems to know who put them there and the exact reason why they are there either.

One person commented: “We had one stuck on our car window a few weeks back. Why?”

And another said: “I go past that everyday and never fails to make me laugh.”

Some have tagged BBC Radio 1 host Greg James, who is reportedly a huge fan of the TV chef.

However, it does not appear that this is a first.

In 2018 the Bournemouth Echo reported similar events, stating that a “cheeky prankster” was sticking pictures of Mr Harriott on signs near Bournemouth University.

Defacing road signs is against the law although, ironically, in this case an individual or individuals have been putting faces on road signs. It still constitutes an act of vandalism though.

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