'Welcome to Wootton Bassett' signs auctioned

Wootton Bassett roadside sign
Image caption Two road signs were made redundant after the town received its royal patronage in October

An online auction of four road signs welcoming people to the Wiltshire town of Wootton Bassett has raised £3,320 for charity.

Two "Welcome to Wootton Bassett" signs, which were made redundant after the town received its royal patronage in October sold for £1,170 and £920.

The two newer "Welcome to Royal Wootton Bassett" signs raised £1,230 together.

Wiltshire Council is donating all the proceeds from the sale to Help for Heroes.

'Sense of pride'

The two originals were bought by John Rutherford from Hemlington near Middlesbrough.

He said the way the people of Wootton Bassett dealt with the repatriations had always filled him with an enormous sense of pride.

"I think it displays everything that is great about Britain. What the local people have done there is recognised throughout the world.

"I intend to loan one to the Imperial War Museum, so people will never be able to forget what the people of Wiltshire have done for the troops and their families.

"The other will take pride of place somewhere near my home, so I can see it when I'm there," he added.

A spokesman for the Conservative-run administration said rather than throwing the signs away, it wanted to raise some money for Help for Heroes.

In October, Wootton Bassett became the first town in Britain in more than a century to be given a royal title.

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