Community celebrates as new Griston village sign is unveiled

Official unveiling of the new village sign at Griston. Picture: Ian Burt

Official unveiling of the new village sign at Griston. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Residents of a Norfolk village are celebrating the unveiling of its new sign after a year-long campaign to raise the money for its replacement.

Official unveiling of the new village sign at Griston. Pictur d are (L) Andrew Gardner and David Bar

Official unveiling of the new village sign at Griston. Pictur d are (L) Andrew Gardner and David Barnett. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The old village sign in Griston, depicting the 'Babes in the Wood' fairy tale which is believed to be based around the village, was found to be rotten beyond repair, prompting the parish council to begin raising the £2,200 needed for a new one.

Spearheaded by parish council chairman David Barnett, the total was reached with grants of £250 from the EDP Community Chest and £1,000 from the Breckland Council Pride award, and £700 in donations from groups, individuals and businesses.

Artist Fiona Davies created an exact replica of the original sign, made in the 1970s by Swaffham artist Harry Carter.

It was unveiled on Saturday by Mr Barnett and Andrew Garner, whose Griston home is alleged to be the home of the wicked uncle and aunt in the Babes in the Wood tale.

Official unveiling of the new village sign at Griston. Pictured is David Gardner. Picture: Ian Burt

Official unveiling of the new village sign at Griston. Pictured is David Gardner. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Mr Barnett said: 'I am absolutely delighted to see the glorious new sign put up and a great turnout from the village.

'Now we have a beautiful new sign for the benefit of future generations.

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'Fiona has given the sign a lot of character. It is a faithful replica of the original. I could do nothing else but throw my arms around her when I saw it.

'We have had so many compliments from people in the village saying how lovely it is.'

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