A large group of people seen milling about outside a factory in Lancaster have been identified as the Sign Writers' Union.
The members of the Sign Writers' Union (SUW) had gone on strike and formed a picket line to protest against their pay and conditions, although most passers-by had no idea who the forty strong crowd were.
"I thought it was a flash mob, or something," said Dorothy Passerby, a Passer-by who'd been flown in from St Albans especially. "I watched for a while, in case the burst into a dance routine for a T-Mobile advert, but they just stood around."
With a lack of any indication of why they were there, the sign writer's protest could be considered something of a damp squib.
Peter Illiterate, the leader of the SUW, explained.
"For the past five years our members have had a pay freeze," he said. "On top of this, we're working under increasingly difficult conditions, with customers demanding that we use spell and grammar checkers on our placards and signage. It's our write to spell rong."
Unfortunately, due to the fact that it is the members of the Sign Writers' Union that make up the placards for use on picket lines, and the fact that it was the Sign Writers' Union that were on strike, not one of them had made up a placard to explain their presence.
"I was on strike," said Illiterate. "Why would I make a placard? That's against the rules of striking, doing work and all. The same was true for all my members. I told them not to make up signs for the picket line or be labelled a scab."
All in all, the picket line passed off without incident, and the sign writers have now returned to work, putting apostrophes in the wrong place and spelling words incorrectly.