New village sign brings pride to Market Overton
MARKET Overton residents will have more reason than most to remember the Queen’s diamond jubilee thanks to a beautiful new sign on the village green.
It was officially unveiled by Rutland High Sheriff Bart Hellyer on Bank Holiday Tuesday at a ceremony attended by many villagers.
Parish council deputy chairman Andrew Stewart said the council thought it high time the village had its own sign.
“We are very proud of our village, it has a great history and the sign says to the world: this is Market Overton,” he said.
Mr Hellyer said it was a great pleasure to unveil the sign.
“It’s fitting that such an old village as this has such a very appealing and smart sign,” he said.
Mr Stewart said he hoped villagers were pleased with it.
“It will be here for quite a while! It raises the profile of the village very nicely. Market Overton, we are proud of you,” he said.
The sign itself features a diamond for the jubilee, a Rutland horseshoe, cross keys and a sword to mark local ironstone quarry history, an ear of corn representing agricultural heritage and a bee to mark the more recent production of honey in the village.
The parish council decided to mark the Queen’s jubilee with the signpost and was able to pay for it from its own funds, including a significant amount of money saved by being the first Rutland village to switch to low-energy street lighting.
Village artist Angela Taylor designed it and craftsman Glyn Mould from King’s Cliffe, made it. Fashioned from oak, it was enamelled and gilded by professional signwriter Clive Wood.
It stands at one end of the green which also features three trees planted to mark Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee in 1897.
Angela was presented with a bouquet of flowers by the High Sheriff. The ceremony was followed by a picnic lunch at the cricket club.
Above - Villagers are pictured above with the High Sheriff and the sign
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