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Glasgow Duke of Wellington statue to keep traffic-cone hat as residents give jokers the thumbs-up

Scotland’s biggest city Glasgow has dropped plans to lift up a statue to stop jokers putting traffic cones on its head, after more than 10,000 people signed a petition in protest.

The city’s council had planned to spend 65,000 pounds ($111,700) to lift the plinth of the Duke of Wellington statue, located at Royal Exchange Square.

Erected in central Glasgow in 1844, the statue shows the 19th-century British war hero sitting proudly on his horse, but students and revellers regularly delight in placing a bright orange traffic cone on his head.

The council said the tradition gave the city a depressing image.

It said that by raising the plinth to 1.8 metres, it would deter all but the most determined of vandals.

But with typical Glaswegian humour, more than 10,000 people signed an online petition describing the practice of placing a cone on the duke’s head as a cherished cultural tradition — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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