A roundabout, in Holgate on the outskirts of York, which lies in the heart of Yorkshire a county that sits in the North-East of England, the country that dwells to the left (if you look at it from space) of France. Yes that roundabout. It has been named the best in the UK by the Roundabout Appreciation Society (yes they exist).
The "Bout" (as those in the know call them) beat off (ha! That sounds rude) competition from several other roundabouts including last years winner "Rosanna Roundabout" from outside High Wycombe. Dave Dingleberry of the RAS said:
"It's with great pleasure that this roundabout is the winner of our one and only award."
Around six people turned up for the award ceremony which was a record. Unfortunately there were several accidents caused by RAS members trying to get decent pictures of the occasion and they stumbled out into the middle of the road.
But not everyone was pleased with the outcome of the award. A spokesman for the Real Roundabout Appreciation Society, a splinter group who broke off from the RAS in 1992 over a disagreement over whether or not roundabouts with no incline on them should be counted as roundabouts.
"We are not happy with the results of the competition, not at all. There are much more deserving roundabouts who have put in years of preparation work to win and they have been ignored. What about the big one outside of Thirsk?"
What about it indeed.
Since going to press the RAS have had another disagreement over the naming of the winner. The Provisional Roundabout Appreciation Society now stand next to the Real Roundabout Appreciation Society as a direct opposition to the RAS. It's a shame that they all cant get along and fight for the rights of roundabouts everywhere.