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2009: Hooray for Hollinwood

Hollinwood sign

In a year that saw Radcliffe's Danny Boyle won an Oscar for his film Slumdog Millionaire and Manchester signed up as a twin town with Los Angeles, an air of Tinseltown swept over the area.

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Little wonder then that one over-eager Oldham resident got carried away and erected his very own tribute to the world of film - a huge white letter sign on the side of the M60, declaring Hollinwood to the world.

Frank Rothwell put up the sign because he wanted to "put Hollinwood on the map" and most drivers passing it seemed amused by its appearance, particularly the fact that it stands at just 8ft high, a massive 37ft smaller than its Hollywood counterpart.

The authorities weren't as amused and within 48 hours, the sign was dismantled and whisked away by Highways Agency officers because of health and safety concerns.

There the story might have ended, had it not been for Frank's persistence. No sooner was the sign down than he started the process of getting it re-erected, this time officially.

He got planning permission from Oldham Council, but still has two hurdles to pass before the sign can be put back.

Firstly, he needs to get permission from Global Icons, who own the copyright and image rights of the Hollywood version, and then he needs to convince the Highways Agency to allow it - and they're going to take some convincing that it won't distract drivers.

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