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Barrowland’s barra man doesn’t light up (confirmed)

While it’s no great surprise, it’s still a little sad to confirm that Barrowland’s ‘Barra Man’ doesn’t light up.

Spotted in daylight some weeks ago, I’d been waiting for a return trip in the dark to confirm that the derelict nature of this sign on the side of the Barrowland ballroom was indeed ‘dead’.

A pity, since a closer look at the structure shows it once had enough lights (now lost) to have made an animated display, with the character appearing to be walking and pushing his barra.

But, while the structure remains hanging on the wall, much of wiring and light fitting have fallen away.

Maybe someone will start an online campaign to have him restored now!

As spotted:

Barrowland Barra Sign

Barrowland Barra Sign

As seen recently in the dark – the outline can just be seen to the top right of the white border over the entrance canopy:

Barrowland Lights

Barrowland Lights


December 4, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Mystery sign spotted at Barrowland – man with a barrow

It’s odd when you spot something in plain sight that you have simply never, ever, seen before.

While everybody latched on the main illuminated sign on the front of the Barrowland ballroom, I can’t recall seeing any pics of the ‘Man with a barra’ that I spotted on the SIDE wall recently.

I only spotted it as I happened to have been looking at the recent Billy Connolly mural nearby, and was still just idly glancing at building walls for no good reason.

I have absolutely no idea whether or not this is something new, relatively new, or has been up there since the beginning of time.

Similarly, given the time of year, there’s a slim to nil chance of me being around this area when it will be dark enough to learn if this sign – which clearly has wiring and neon – is ever illuminated, or even works.

I’d say it’s been up there for years, unnoticed and probably not lit for years – reason being that it was clearly once animated, with the figure have two sets of neon lights to simulate walking, but one set has clearly been gone for years. At a guess, I’d say the wheel on the barra would have a similar animation to make it appear to be rotating. The neon is all there, but does it work?

Unless there’s some reason for it to be on earlier (if it works), I won’t be seeing this in the dark until we hit November.

If you haven’t seen it, have a look up next time you pass Barrowland, or are at the Barras.

Barrowland Barra Sign

Barrowland Barra Sign

August 11, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment


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