City signmaker puts Sheffield on the map

Picture shows Amey sign-maker Matt Shone with the signs he created for Richard Hawley.
Picture shows Amey sign-maker Matt Shone with the signs he created for Richard Hawley.
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Being called upon by a music hero was a sign of success for a Sheffield craftsman.

Mercury Prize-nominated homegrown talent Richard Hawley enlisted the expertise of Matt Shone, who has been making street signs for the past 30 years, to bring a taste of the city to the big smoke.

The singer asked for Matt’s help in kitting out stage props for his upcoming gig at London’s Somerset House.

In honour of his latest album Standing at the Sky’s Edge – a homage to the Skye Edge estate between Hyde Park and Manor – a street sign bearing the name was specially-made.

Signmaker Matt, who works for council contractors Amey, also produced two traditional Welcome to Sheffield banners.

Chris Morris, operations director at Amey, said: “Richard is very proud of his Sheffield roots and there are a lot of references to his home city in his work. When we were asked if we could help him take a piece of Sheffield down to London, we were only too happy to help.

“The team are responsible for making and maintaining all road signs across the city so we were able to step in.”

Matt added: “Like Richard, I’m really proud to be from Sheffield, so it is great to think we are helping to put it on the map for music fans from across the country.”