Hemsby village sign gets a new lease of life

Hemsby village sign which has been in place for over 40 years has been given a new lease of life.

Hemsby village sign which has been in place for over 40 years has been given a new lease of life. - Credit: Supplied

A village sign which has been in place for over 40 years has been given a new lease of life.

Hemsby village sign which has been in place for over 40 years has been given a new lease of life.

Hemsby village sign which has been in place for over 40 years has been given a new lease of life. - Credit: Supplied

The Hemsby sign, which takes pride of place on Ormesby Road, has stood tall since 1973.

The original wooden sign was paid for by the Hemsby WI, who raised money through jumble sales, coffee mornings, drama shows, door to door knocking and holding races. It was designed by Jeff Taylor from Hemsby and Mr H Clark produced the sign. He carried out the unveiling with Dorothy Duffield and Daisy Fakes who were the key fund organisers.

But in 2000 the parish council noticed the wooden sign was becoming rotten and they approached the WI to see if they would agree to the sign being replaced and made out of alloy.

With their agreement the new sign was made by Brian Gaze and it was unveiled by Dorothy Duffield and Peter Randell, then chairman of Hemsby Parish Council.

The sign featured a windmill surrounded by wheat sheaves in the upper half, and the beach shoreline and a boat to the lower half.

Over the years the art work started to fade, and Councillor Shirley Weymouth offered to pay for the refurbishment.

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'But I wanted it to be done by Brian Gaze, the man who did it before, who is now in his 90s,' said Mrs Weymouth.

The cost of refurbishing the sign was £522, and this was paid for from Mrs Weymouth's councillor budget last financial year.

The new sign was recently unveiled by Mrs Weymouth and Mrs Duffield's daughter Marjorie Mingay, who has been a member of Hemsby WI for a number of years.