A large weathervane, which has been something of a landmark in King’s Road, Bury St Edmunds, is off to a new home and helping raise money for a life-saving cause.
The iron structure has been in the garden of the home of Richard and Daphne Pike for the last 36 years.
Made by Don Bailes from Northwold it provided a constant weather guide for the couple and passers by. Sadly Richard died a year ago and now Daphne’s daughter and son-in-law are building a house in the garden to be near to and care for Daphne, 82.
Abbots Bridge Reclamation from Bradfield Combust have taken down the structure helped by Matt Gregory Transport from Lawshall and it will be auctioned by Manders of Newton Green raising money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
The charity’s rescue helicopter was attending an accident in nearby Parkway as the weathervane was removed.
Daphne, who is now in a wheelchair, said: “This is what Richard would have wanted as it is going to do some good. I am sure that is what he would have wanted.
“After 36 years it’s still in my mind that it’s still there and I keep turning my head to check the weather.
“It’s been a bit of a landmark and if the wind is coming from the west we know it’s going to rain. It’s never let us down.”
Adrian Burrows, who owns Abbots Bridge, said: “It’s a wonderful piece. Don upcycled everything and was well known for making very large weathervanes.” An auction date is yet to be set.