The statue of the Duke of Wellington outside t...

The statue of the Duke of Wellington outside the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland, with a traffic cone on his head.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The people of Glasgow have managed to convince the city council not to kill off a much-loved tradition.  For years, locals have repeatedly placed a traffic cone on the Duke of Wellington’s head  (on a statue of the Duke on his horse). The council complained that it cost £100 a time to have the cone removed and revealed plans to raise the statue to stop people from climbing up.   The people responded by launching a petition, which gathered 10,613 signatures in less than 24 hours.  The petition organizers said ‘The cone on Wellington’s head is an iconic part of Glasgow’s heritage.

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Read by Claire (English accent).

Read by Annette ( Scottish accent)

Study the words

Kill off– end
Repeatedly– over and over again
Complained– said they were not happy
Raise– lift, make higher
Launch a petition– collect a list of signatures to protest against something
Gathered– collected
Iconic– famous, representative
Heritage– culture

Strange things happen in Glasgow…

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