At first the joke was on the workmen who mis-spelt the The Cavalry Arms diversion sign.
It drew a lot of attention to the pub when it went up at roadworks in busy Halifax Road.
But now after the Examiner revealed that Northern Gas workers had accidentally renamed the pub ‘The Calvery Arms,’ jokers at the Birchencliffe boozer are suggesting there could be a mischievous Fawlty Towers reference to landlord Bob Steer.
Someone had changed the sign to Car Valy Rams and posted it on social media.
Andy Prosser Tweeted: “Is Bob the new Basil Fawlty?”
Mr Steer, better known as ‘Brummie Bob’ and his wife ‘Barb’ from Fartown, celebrated 10 years at the pub in April 2014.
Fawlty Towers, one of the most successful sitcoms this country has ever produced, starred John Cleese and was jointly written by him and Connie Booth, one of Cleese’s wives.
Its opening credits for each episode were famed for making amusing anagrams of the title, including Fatty Owls, Flay Otters.
There are a possible 57 anagrams for Cavalry Arms, according to the experts.
They range from A Cavalry Mrs to Mr Lava Scary and Lava As Cry Mr.
But now order has finally been restored when contractors working on the Northern Gas project got round to putting up the correct signs.