CORNWALL'S iconic Land's End signpost is due to be removed, according to its caretaker of over twenty years. 

Managed by local firm, Courtwood Photographic, the Penzance-based company's contract will not be renewed by the Land's End administration.

Peter Puddiphatt, who worked taking photographs of people at the site, concluded his 28 year career on December 28, 2023, prompting the anticipation of the signpost's complete disappearance.

In a Facebook post, Mr Puddiphatt commented on the upcoming removal, stating it was "the end of an era."

During his tenure spanning 1979 to 84, and again from 2000 to 2023, Mr Puddiphatt has encountered a varied range of visitors, from celebrities to wildlife including bluefin tuna, and even a humpback whale in Dollar Cove.

The landmark, Mr Puddiphatt reports, also presented "breathtaking views over Land's End."

Erected by a local family business in 1957, the signpost quickly became well-known amongst charity fundraisers undertaking the JOGLE trip.

Visitors have had the opportunity to add their hometown's name to the signpost, with the exact distance from Land's End calculated.

Posting on his social media page, Peter Puddiphatt said: "End of an Era!

"After 66 years, Land’s End have not renewed their contract with Courtwoods of Penzance for 2024. So, from 31st December 2023 there will be no more Courtwoods sign post to have a photo with.

"My last shift today, after a total of 28 years, 1979 to 84 and 2000 to 2023. I’ve always called it my fun job. You meet some very interesting people, lots of celebrities, and always the fabulous views over Land’s End to enjoy.

"Breath taking sunsets, beautiful cloud effects and all the big storms. I have seen so much wild life, including a Hump Back Whale, in Dollar Cove. Sadly we don’t see the Basking Sharks that we did in past years, but now see the huge Blue Fin Tuna instead. Great memories!

"I have been fortunate to have had three of my granddaughters work various summer seasons alongside me, and this year my daughter-in-law."

It is unknown at this stage whether a replacement signpost will be installed.

The Packet has contacted Land's End for comment.