During the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the British Army often manned checkpoints to inspect cars and vehicles for suspected terrorist activity. The IRA and Unionist terrorists used cars for both bombing missions and for smuggling weapons and explosives so checkpoints were an essential part of internal security. To set up a checkpoint, sets of warning signs were used to ask motorists to come to a halt. These were often of enamelled metal, like those used in roadworks, but there was also a need for very portable examples and so folding, rollable signs were also available. Unfolded these made up a 3’x2′ sign, with the warning printed on in red and white:
This sign is reflective so it shows up in a motorist’s headlight. The top of the sign has a metal pole across it to hold it rigid, with a small piece of cord to allow it to be hung up where it is visible:
There is a collar in the centre that can be moved to allow the pole to be split in half:
This allows the sign to be folded in half and then rolled up so it can be stowed away neatly:
The back of the sign has a military stamp, indicating it was manufactured in 1983:
Note also the eyelets and split rings that allow the sign to be secured down at the bottom, perhaps with a bungee cord, to stop it blowing in the wind.
This sign is an iconic reminder of a period of British history that is thankfully behind us.