Father and son help restore Denver village sign

Denver village sign has been renovated - Buster Lee (who did the artwork), with the sign. Picture: M

Denver village sign has been renovated - Buster Lee (who did the artwork), with the sign. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A community effort has revived a west Norfolk village sign and ensured it is once again fit to welcome visitors.

The sign in Denver, near Downham Market, was looking in a sorry state when residents noted it had a big split down the middle and the paintwork had come off.

And after the parish council had unsuccessfully applied for a grant for £1,500 to renew it, they wondered how they could make they would be able to restore the colourful notice to its former glory.

Thankfully, parish councillor David Lee stepped in to save the sign, along with his son Buster.

In just a few weeks the sign was transformed.

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Mr Lee bolted the split together and his son repainted the artwork, which features Denver sluice and its landmark windmill.

Although a temporary measure, it is hoped the sign, which was erected in 1974, will last for a year or so.

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Parish council clerk Helen Carrier said: 'It's quite a big thing for us. People really like our sign, we have a good community and they would soon question why it wasn't up and why it was in a bad state of repair.'

She said a motorcycling club, touring places in England which had the same name as locations in America, contacted her and asked where the sign had gone because they wanted to have their picture taken with it.

Mrs Carrier said they would continue to apply for grants to fund a new fibreglass notice, but they had to find the money before the sign disintegrated completely because a mold had to be taken of the Denver scene - so it could be replicated exactly for the next version.

The 47-year-old added another council project was to fundraise to help save their reading room, which was built in the early 1900s for the local young men to have somewhere to keep them off the streets. Have you got a community project? Email sophie.biddle@archant.co.uk

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