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Old hotel sign given new lease of life

25 Mar 2019

A hotel sign created by late Crawley sign writer and resident, Ron Goodall has been donated to Crawley Museum, preserving it for future generations.

The George Hotel in the Historic High Street donated the original sign for the site, with the help of contractors Mears, MPS and D.C. Donovan’s who provided time and resources, to help remove the sign from its base around the back of the hotel.

Ron Goodall came to Crawley New Town in 1953 with his family and settled in Northgate. As the only sign writer in the town, Ron worked for everyone in the area including Gatwick Airport, sign writing on planes, factories, shops fronts, vans, and lorries. He is thought to have created the sign in the early eighties.

The Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Carlos Castro was joined by Ron’s daughter Diane West who helped present it to Crawley Museum.

Councillor Carlos Castro said: “I am delighted we have been able to save this wonderful piece of historical art, my thanks go out to the contractors who helped make this happen and to Crawley Museum for preserving this great piece of local history.”

The sign will be cleaned up, restored and displayed at Crawley Museum.