St Albans pub goes back to a traditional name sign

PUBLISHED: 07:25 03 March 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 06 May 2010

Sign-writer Mark Kingett with Ros and Cameron

Sign-writer Mark Kingett with Ros and Cameron

A PUB sign has been changed back to a traditional design with a hand-painted picture depicting the young son of the couple who run it When Ros Wilcox and Douglas Kintu moved into The Farmers Boy in London Road, St Albans, last summer, the sign consisted o

A PUB sign has been changed back to a traditional design with a hand-painted picture depicting the young son of the couple who run it

When Ros Wilcox and Douglas Kintu moved into The Farmers Boy in London Road, St Albans, last summer, the sign consisted of the letters TFB on a plain black background.

Unhappy with the design, they decided to revert back to the sign format in place before it was changed around three years ago.

An order had already been placed with the sign-makers when the pub's gardener, Mark Kingett, who is also an artist, mentioned to Ros that he would like to paint it as he had always wanted to be a sign-writer when he was younger.

So Ros arranged for him to paint the sign - copying the original design which included the son of the owner of the pub who now leases out the premises.

Ros and Douglas' three-year-old son Cameron was incorporated into the painting instead and the new sign has now gone on show.

Ros, who used to work in insurance, said that the new sign has gone down very well with the locals and young Cameron was very proud of it.

A photo of Mark Kingett with the sign, for which he didn't charge the couple, will be going up in the pub shortly to celebrate his work.

The couple, who also have a four-year-old daughter, moved into the pub after deciding on a lifestyle change and Douglas gave up his career as a solicitor.

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