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21 December 2020, 11:44 | Updated: 21 December 2020, 11:47
Locals in County Durham were given an early Christmas surprise when the road sign to 'Low Wham' was updated with the title of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley's 1984 festive classic.
The sign, which used to direct drivers to a local area called Low Wham, has been amended to read 'Last Christmas Wham!' in a tribute to George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley's classic song which is still a hit 36 years after it was first released.
The new road sign was discovered by locals on Friday (December 18) in the area of Butterknowle, Bishop Auckland and was immediately shared on Twitter by photographer Nathan Atkinson.
You can’t say the North East don’t have a sense of humour. A road sign near the hamlet of Wham has been given a Christmassy feel. @ajridgeley #wham #lastchristmas #butterknowle #northeast #countydurham #andrewridgeley @BBCNEandCumbria @itvtynetees @RealBobMortimer pic.twitter.com/3DWlTpqUtA— Nathan Atkinson (@Nathan_Lakes) December 19, 2020
Taking to the social media site, he wrote: "You can’t say the North East don’t have a sense of humour. A road sign near the hamlet of Wham has been given a Christmassy feel."
The anonymous sign adapter has remained silent so far, but it hasn't stopped locals and Twitter users - and George Michael fans in particular - loving the newly named area.
A George Michael fan group wrote: “Is this a good luck omen?”, another wrote: “Oh man, that’s brilliant.”
One local woman on social media said: “It wasn’t me. Whenever I say where I live (I) always get people saying ‘Really, as in George Michael’ Blink and you will have missed Wham, we are tiny.”
Another woman said: “Someone with a great sense of humour”, another added: “Love this”, while one person said: “Made me laugh out loud, this is just what we need in these very challenging times.”
Wham!'s 'Last Christmas' is the best-selling UK single to never reach number one. It has sold just under 2 million copies (not including streaming) and despite never becoming a number one single, it is still on the UK's favourite Christmas songs of all time.