Cowbit village sign returns after refurbishment work
Cowbit's distinctive village sign has undergone its third major facelift in nearly 40 years.
The sign is now back in its rightful place off Barrier Bank, near St Mary's Church, after much-needed refurbishment work by Cowbit villager Chris Baty-Symes.
Parish council chairman Coun Trevor Tyrrell, vice chairman Coun Chris Elliott and South Holland District Council member for Cowbit, Coun Anthony Casson, met Chris for the unveiling of the new-look sign on Friday.
Coun Tyrrell said: "The village sign was taken down over the winter because it was really deteriorating and with it standing out on Barrier Bank, it was looking a bit sorry for itself.
"Chris offered to have it refurbished and my son William made a metal sleeve to slip the sign into, so now it should be easier to take out and away in future."
The sign, which shows the village name, a cow and anvil, was originally made out of oak by Norfolk-based craftsman Trevor Craske, formerly of Cowbit, in 1981.
It was then refurbished in 2004 and again in 2009 when the cow sitting on the top of the sign needed one of its legs replacing.
Coun Tyrrell said: "The sign is basically Cowbit and it hasn't cost a fortune to refurbish it.
"But we'll look to take it down during the winter and put up a temporary sign instead."