Charlie the Chick rises from the ashes of Mill Lane vandalism

Villagers celebrate the arrival of Charlie the Chick.
Villagers celebrate the arrival of Charlie the Chick.
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A TALKING penguin bin at Donington has been replaced by Charlie the Chick and he’s a different colour, but the residents of Donington are happy.

They have been celebrating this week after kind-hearted staff at Amberol – which supplies self-watering systems used by councils and In Bloom groups – donated a replacement for the cheery bin destroyed by vandals in an arson attack.

The attack left villagers upset – and grandmother Christine Pick, of Days Lane, actually wrote to these newspapers to say her grandchildren had been left “devastated”.

However, Christine and her grandchildren and other villagers assembled at the newly created conservation area around the pond in Mill Lane on Tuesday to show their joy at the donation of Charlie the Chick.

Amberol managing director Patience Atkinson-Gregory said: “After hearing of Donington’s problem and the demise of Percy Penguin, the directors of Amberol decided to help. We know how much selfless effort the In Bloom group put into Donington’s entry each year and how well they do.

“We know how much mindless vandalism can disrupt a campaign and decided a boost to their long-standing enthusiasm was appropriate so we are very pleased to help by donating a bird bin.”