Much loved Snettisham feature return is signed and sealed
A distinctive village feature has been restored much to the delight of residents after being removed for nearly a year.
Snettisham’s village sign had been in place since 2006 and was removed in October after becoming “a little careworn”.
Now, the restoration work has been completed by The Village Sign People, a business located in Great Hockham, northeast of Thetford.
A small ceremony took place on Sunday to unveil the new sign after a village event was cancelled in the spring due to the coronavirus.
Parish clerk, Simon Bower said he regretted not seeing the council’s chairman, Alf Todd, dressing up like the pirate character on the sign, as had been the plan for the original ceremony.
The work was commissioned by the parish council, with support from Snettisham WI, whom Mr Bower thanked for their efforts. The sign was allowed to dry out over the winter after being removed in October.
The sign illustrates the history of the village including the golden torc , discovered in Snettisham in 1948 as part of an Iron Age hoard, and which is now housed in the British Museum.
WI secretary Janet Lane said: “The shells represent the local fishing industry and the importance of cockles, and I think the character of the two smugglers, reflecting the prominence of this around the coast in the eighteenth century, really shines through.”
Council chairman Mr Todd added: “It is good to see the sign back in place finally, but a shame that we could not have more of a ceremony for the villagers.
“The restoration work has made such a difference, and we hope it brings a smile to the faces of those passing by.”
West Norfolk councillor Ian Devereux, who represents Snettisham, said he was unable to attend the ceremony due to another engagement but he is looking forward to seeing the new sign.
He said: “Over the years it has become tired. I do not know what has been done to it yet so I will have to wait and see.”
A social media post by Snettisham WI described Sunday as a “special day”in which a bench was also unveiled.
The bench is in memory of the late Lady Strickland of Snettisham Old Hall.
A bench was originally presented by Snettisham WI in 1978 before being replaced by the parish council in 2019.
The post said: “A special day for Snettisham WI, unveiling the new plaques in the village.
“Firstly on the refurbished village sign, then on Lady Strickland’s new bench. Sorry we could not invite everyone, but the replacement bench should be there for many years to come for all to enjoy.”
For more information on the WI group and for details on how to become a member, visit https://norfolk.thewi.org.uk/find-wi/snettisham.