Monday, February 16, 2009

Kiss, Kiss, Kiss!!!

Lovers parting at a Cheshire rail station may find themselves caught in a dangerous liaison - especially if they share a kiss under the 'No Kissing' sign.

Rail Couples Told 'No Kissing' At Station

Far from killing the mood, authorities argue the aim is to stop commuters missing their taxis.

Officials at Warrington Bank Quay Station agreed to a romance-free zone, which was suggested by the local chamber of commerce.

"They may seem frivolous, but there is a serious message underneath. They certainly make our station unique," Colin Daniels, chief executive of Warrington Chamber of Commerce said.

If lovers want to smooch, they have to do so in the designated kissing area situated nearby.

The directive has got tongues wagging at the station - but of course, only in the permissible way.

Ruth Hardman and her partner Alan Dawson were heading home to the Lake District.

"I was gob-smacked when I saw them. They should spend the money on something more worthwhile," Ms Hardman said.

Amy Swain who was travelling to Lancaster with her boyfriend Malcolm Kenny said she did not see the point in the no kissing sign: "I don't think it'll stop people."

Others however could see the funny side.

"[My partner's] car was parked beneath the kissing sign and I thought he'd put it up as a joke. It made me laugh," said Lynne Surgenor, from Glasgow.

John Finney, from St Helens, said: "Someone in an office somewhere must have a good sense of humour.

"We're law-abiding citizens, though, so of course we won't be breaking the rules."

Train passenger Jenna Seddon, 23, from Warrington, said she thought the signs were sweet.

"It's romantic and a bit of fun. It'll stop people from holding up the traffic as well."

1 comment:

Katie Spies said...

It is so lovely to see The Kiss/No Kissing signs making the world news again! On Valentines weekend as well! The signs were a gift from the Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods Chamber of Commerce in 1998 to show our belief in the twin city partnership with Warrington Chamber of Commerce. A long lasting smooch or quick one all to keep traffic flowing with light humor!
These signs show the lasting impact of now 10 years and continuing!
Katie Spies
Previous Chamber President for DBR Chamber of Commerce in IL, USA.