AN exhibition previewing proposed new signage for Hexham is to be held in the town next week (19 September).

Hexham Business Improvement District (BID) is hosting a drop-in day for people living and working in the town to learn more about the new signage project.

Signage has been among the BID’s top priorities since it was established last year, and it recently commissioned a wayfinding study undertaken by local firm Differentia.

Now Differentia’s findings, plans and ideas are to be unveiled at a drop-in event on Tuesday, 19 September at the Deli at Queens Hall.

Business owners, workers and residents are being encouraged to pop in during the day and view the plans, which will feature images of what the new signage would look like.

Helen Grayshan, manager at Hexham BID, explained that that signage has long been a concern for the town. “It has been something which really has blighted Hexham for quite some time,” she said.

“Many of the signs were out of date, were missing or pointing the wrong way and there is a huge problem with visitors coming into Hexham and not being able to find their way around.

“We wanted to make sure the town is well catered for, and we needed a plan to create new signs which would be informative and well-designed but were in-keeping with Hexham’s heritage.

“We have been working with Differentia over the last few months, and now they are ready to showcase their designs and plans, and we are hoping people will come along on the day and see them for themselves.”

The exhibition will be staged in the Deli at Queens Hall, which was recently taken over by the family behind the successful Deli at Number 4 in the town’s Beaumont Street.

Visitors will be able to give their feedback on the plans, ideas and colour schemes on the day, which will all be considered by the design team.

“It’s a chance for people to get a sneak preview of what the town’s signage could look like, as well as an opportunity to ask the design team any questions,” added Helen.

“We are working for the good of Hexham, and we believe one of the first stages of bringing in more tourists and business is to make the town much more accessible and easier to navigate. This exhibition will hopefully give traders a glimpse at what we are looking to achieve.”

The exhibition will be open to the public from 11am-4pm on Tuesday 19 September at the Deli at Queens Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham.

For more information on Hexham BID visit the website: www.hexhambid.co.uk.

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