Vandals smash up festival sign

Smashed: what's left of St Peter and St Paul's Church's flower festival sign of the A152.
Smashed: what's left of St Peter and St Paul's Church's flower festival sign of the A152.

VOLUNTEERS in Gosberton have spoken of their “anger and dismay” at a sign advertising their ten-day community event being smashed up and left at the side of a road.

The bright yellow sign had been put up on the side of the A152 on the outskirts of the village in a bid to draw visitors to the annual flower festival at St Peter and St Paul’s Church – the biggest fundraising event in the church’s calendar.

The damage is believed to have been done sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The Rev Ian Walters said: “People are feeling very angry and dismayed about it. There are dozens of people involved in the festival on any one day so we just had to carry on and hope we didn’t get any more of this silly vandalism.

“It’s upsetting for the people who are giving their time for it. There are so many organisations involved, such as Gosberton’s LIVES groups, and everyone is always routing for a good festival.

“It’s a big community event bringing everyone together. It’s not just the financial aspect; people are putting their own commitment and time into this.”

The church receives hundreds of visitors during its flower festival from across the country. More than 30 coaches are usually expected to call in to enjoy the floral displays and sample the selection of home-cooked treats being served by volunteers.

Lincolnshire Police confirmed inquiries were ongoing as to whether the sign had been in a criminal damage incident or hit by a vehicle.

Anyone with information should contact PCSO Sally Pusey on the non-emergency number 101.