Missing charity sign reinstated

Solway Precast Marie Curie Field of Hope.
Solway Precast Marie Curie Field of Hope.

THE disappearance of a cancer charity sign from outside a former Creetown steelworks caused upset among locals this week.

But just a day after the Gazette began investigations into its whereabouts, the Marie Curie Field of Hope sign reappeared.

The sign had been donated 
by the manager of Solway Precast, who also ordered its fabrication by the company before the firm went into administration last year, and Anne Ross had fundraised locally to gather hundreds of pounds for daffodils to be planted around it.

But last week it was noticed the sign had been removed and locals claimed they saw it going into a skip on-site as workers cleared the area following com­pletion of the firm’s final few jobs.

Anne told the Gazette she had contacted Barr Construction, the firm’s parent company, to inquire about its whereabouts but drew a blank with each number she called.

The Gazette left a voicemail for Barr’s manager, John O’Don­nell, this week asking him to explain where the sign had gone and requesting it be returned to Anne, who could find a suitable alternative location.

No response came but Anne called on Wednesday to say the sign had made a reappearance.

She said: “We drove by and there it was. I had a phone call from a woman at Barr who said the boys who removed it in the first place would be reprimanded as they’d been told not to touch it.

“I don’t mind where it went or why, I’m just thrilled it’s back where it should be.”

Anne offered sincere thanks to those responsible for reinstat­ing the sign.