Iconic ‘Give Peas a chance’ graffiti on M25 bridge removed
An iconic piece of graffiti on an M25 bridge has been replaced leaving drivers ‘devastated’.
The ‘Give Peas a chance’ bridge between junctions 16 and 17 in Buckinghamshire signals to countless commuters they are nearing home.
However, in the last few days the peas slogan was replaced by the word ‘Helch’ which then morphed into ‘Give Helch a break’ after an outpouring of grief for the graffiti.
There is a 8,000 strong Facebook group dedicated to the Edwardian built bridge and people are fuming the iconic message has been painted over with new graffiti.
Becky Windett said: ‘I think my overriding feeling is just one of feeling very VERY unsettled. WHO has done this …and WHY??’ The Give Peas A Chance administrator added: ‘I wish it was fake news – I wish I woke up this morning and it was all a dream – sadly I didn’t sleep as I was so upset from being violated.
Brenda Murphy added: ‘Come on people GIVE PEAS A CHANCE! Who decided to remove the only sign on the entire M25 that makes people smile? I demand a referendum.’
Network Rail owns the bridge and did not remove the graffiti, however, warned against people ‘putting lives at risk to vandalise’. ‘Give Peas a chance’ was written in two parts decades ago, Peas was believed to be a London graffiti artist who daubed his huge tag on the bridge only for someone to add ‘Give’ and ‘a chance’ either side of it later on.
The Facebook group administrator added: ‘The message from the group is let’s get this clean, wipe off all the graffiti and get ‘Give Peas A Chance back’ from the photos – get a professional artist to put it back, pixel by pixel.’
A Network Rail spokesman told the BBC: ‘While the graffiti is well-known to motorists, we can’t condone people putting lives at risk to vandalise this bridge. ‘If graffiti is offensive, we will look to remove it as quickly as possible. We would discourage anyone from trespassing on the railway for any reason.’