Aberdeen kebab shop ordered to remove Vegas-style sign which went viral online


An Aberdeen kebab shop has been ordered to remove a flashing neon sign despite being a hit on social media.

Bodrum Kebab House installed the Vegas-style animated sign, branded the ‘new Northern Lights’ outside their shop on Chapel Street in the city, but council officials took a dim view of it, reports the Evening Express.

The sign features the shop’s phone number next to a graphic of a motorbike, before it flashes to reveal the words ‘Bodrum Kebab house’ in fluorescent script, then shows a chef working in the kitchen before going on to reveal the word ‘authentic’ scrolling across the screen.

The video went viral on social media, with many people taking to social media to hail the shop’s new frontage.

Although not everyone was impressed by the bright initiative.

Shop boss Reza Nazar, 31 who says he installed the sign to try to bring in more custom in the ‘dead’ town, is disappointed.

He told the Evening Express: I put the sign up a month ago and I have seen a big improvement in business since.

The new Northern Lights are being switched off
The new Northern Lights are being switched off

“We are the last shop on Chapel Street so it was more difficult to get customers through the door.”

Reza said he hoped the council would think again and allow the use of similar signs to brighten the place up.

He said: “I would love for the council to change the rules about moving signs.

“They would brighten up Aberdeen, because at the moment the town is dead.”

An spokeswoman for the council said: “Representatives of Aberdeen City Council have been in communication with the proprietor and have asked for the sign to be removed as it breaches planning policy.”

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