New hand carved sign takes pride of place in Great Barton

Unveiling of village sign in Great Barton
Unveiling of village sign in Great Barton
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Residents gathered to marvel at the new and much-talked-about Great Barton village sign last Saturday.

Builders from the nearby Bertuna Close development helped to lift the oak sign – hand carved by Robert Lewis and painted by Diana Burnard – into place while a kingsize bed spread was used to hide it from view until its grand unveiling at 2pm.

Close up of the new village sign in Great Barton

Close up of the new village sign in Great Barton

More than 40 people attended, including St Edmundsbury borough councillor Sarah Broughton and deputy mayor Cllr Patrick Chung, with the celebrations continuing in the village hall after.

“I tell you something, they did go ‘wow’,” said Andrew Hill, a parish councillor who has been heavily involved with the project.

His wife, Anne-Marie, said: “It was the pride of the village, it really was. Everyone said how nice it looked and how it reflected the village.”

Carver of the sign Robert Lewis , Councillor and organisor Andrew Hill and painter of the sign Diana Burnard

Carver of the sign Robert Lewis , Councillor and organisor Andrew Hill and painter of the sign Diana Burnard