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New village sign thanks to councillor community grants

Councillor Brian Burnett with designer Philip Walker and villagers at the unveiling of the new sign in Utterby. EMN-140826-165326001

Councillor Brian Burnett with designer Philip Walker and villagers at the unveiling of the new sign in Utterby. EMN-140826-165326001

A new village sign has been unveiled on the A16 in the village of Utterby.

More than 30 villagers and guests gathered opposite the parish rooms for a short ceremony to mark the occasion.

The sign, which was commissioned by the Parish Council, was designed and made by well-known Utterby artist, Philip Walker.

It shows the village church of St Andrew’s and the 14th century packhorse bridge, both local tourist attractions.

The provision of the sign is part of the Parish Council’s existing programme of amenity works such as the planting of spring bulbs along the A16 and tree improvements on the village green.

In his welcoming remarks, the Chairman of Utterby Parish Council, Rod Must, thanked all those who had worked on the project over the last two years and paid particular tribute to Philip Walker’s design.

Rod Must said: “I would also like to thank East Lindsey District Council for a grant of £800 from the Community Grants Fund and our District Councillor Brian Burnett and County Councillor Hugo Marfleet for additional grants from the Councillors’ Community Initiatives Scheme, and the Big Society Fund.

“We could not have done this without their support”.

In unveiling the sign, Coun Brian Burnett said “It gives me great pleasure to reveal this beautiful sign. Utterby is a picturesque village in the Lincolnshire Wolds and the village sign will further enhance its appeal for local people and visitors alike”.

Following the ceremony, villagers and their guests enjoyed refreshments in the parish room in what was one of the best attended local events in recent times.

 

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