This is why mysterious loudspeakers have been installed on streets across Doncaster

Mysterious loudspeakers have been installed on streets all across Doncaster – and now they are talking to residents.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 12:31 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 4:42 pm

The solar powered speakers have been installed around the town centre in Doncaster, and also a number of its local shopping centres, as part of a bid to find another way to tell people to keep a safe distance from each other during the pandemic.

They are broadcasting messages, which can be changed if the circumstances change, says the Doncaster firm that has fitted them for Doncaster Council, Sign Shapes, based in Finningley. The messages that they have been set up to speak also includes a call for residents to do their shopping locally, as well as a number of public health messages in response to Covid 19.

Emily Harvey, Marketing Manager at Sign Shapes, said: “The signs are installed on lampposts and the messages are motion activated by passing pedestrians.

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These mystery speakers have been installed in Doncaster town centre, and other shopping centres

“We installed 10 units in Doncaster town centre, Askern, Armthorpe, Bawtry, Mexborough and Thorne with the messages ‘Keep your distance. Remember Hands, Face, Space’ and ‘Shop local, Shop safe. Let’s Do it for Doncaster’.

“Talking Signs are part of a range of measures Doncaster Council have taken to promote social distancing, hand washing and the use of face coverings. Printed signage, social and traditional media, along with the national initiatives.”

The measures have been funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Reopening High Streets Safely campaign.

The manufacturer is a Doncaster based business that specialises in signage and display products.

These mystery speakers have been installed in Doncaster town centre, and other shopping centres

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