The tradition of placing the traffic cone on the statue dates back more than 30 years
Plans to raise the height of an iconic statue in Glasgow - in a bid to stop revellers placing traffic cones on it - are 'likely to be withdrawn'.
Glasgow City Council wanted to raise the plinth as part of a £65,000 project to refurbish the Duke of Wellington monument in the centre of the city.
However, after a massive social media campaign, a council spokesman said the plan was likely to be dropped.
He said an announcement would be made on Tuesday.
The council had said that raising the height would end a practice which projected a "depressing image" of Glasgow and would save the £10,000 cost of removing the cone 100 times a year.
The scheme would have seen a new granite-clad concrete base of 86cm (34in) added to the memorial to raise its overall height.
However, the council has reconsidered its decision "in its current form" after an online petition called "Save Wellington's Cone", which gathered thousands of signatories in just a few hours, and a Facebook campaign which had planned a rally in support of the cone.
The petition stated: "The cone on Wellington's head is an iconic part of Glasgow's heritage, and means far more to the people of Glasgow and to visitors than Wellington himself ever has.
"Raising the statue will, in any case, only result in people injuring themselves attempting to put the cone on anyway: does anyone really think that a raised plinth will deter drunk Glaswegians?"
The matter was discussed widely on social networking sites.
Writer and comedian Greg Hemphill wrote on his Twitter feed: "Raising the statue is a very sound idea cause if there's one thing every Glaswegian loves it's being told what they can and cannot do."
Adapting a former catchphrase from his Chewin' The Fat show, he added: "Cony No Dae That."
The Wellington statue was sculpted by Italian artist Carlo Marochetti and erected in 1844.