But perhaps we English are not quite as bad as the French when it comes to road-side
The most one is likely to see in England is a sign displaying the speed limit (when there is a change) and another with the name of the town and, possibly, its twin town name (rarely more than one) beneath. None of the welcoming banners from hotels and supermarkets; no board displaying the times of church services; no announcements that service organisations are represented.
But Brighton, in this as in so many other things, is a bit of an exception. Only a bit, mark you. A few years ago the Lions Club approached the Council with a request that we be allowed to display our logo at the side of the road on the approach to the town. 'No way,' was the response. This despite the fact that at the exact spot where we would have liked to display our logo there is - and already was when we made our approach - a large, yellow-painted board displaying the Rotary logo and announcing, 'Rotary welcomes you to Brighton' or something like that. The sign is still there. At least, it was the last time I drove along that road, which is not very often. The cynic in me wonders if the fact that one of the councillors (and a past mayor) just happens to belong to Rotary has any bearing. No, of course it doesn't!
Last week, the membership committee of the Lions Club met. One of the recommendations to be put to the club is that we should approach the Council with an offer, as a way of marking the diamond jubilee of the club, to pay for the replacement of the two ancient elm trees in Patcham that have succumbed to Dutch elm disease. It would be subject to the club being given permission to erect a plaque saying that. An unofficial approach has already been made in order to find out the possible cost and to gauge the reaction. We have been told that permission for a plaque is most unlikely to be given as it the Council's policy to refuse all such requests. Oh well, it seemed a good idea at the time.