Vandals destroy sign promoting Stapleford Miniature Railway bank holiday event in aid of LOROS

The remains of a road sign for the Stapleford Miniature Railway event after it was attacked by vandals EMN-151008-103803001

The remains of a road sign for the Stapleford Miniature Railway event after it was attacked by vandals EMN-151008-103803001

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Vandals have demolished a road sign advertising a major fundraising event for a charity which supports terminally ill people.

The board, which was on a verge of the A606 between Langham and the roundabout leading to the Oakham bypass, was promoting Stapleford Miniature Railway’s annual open weekend, from August 29 to the Bank Holiday Monday.

Proceeds will be given to LOROS, which cares for more than 2,500 people with life-limiting illnesses every year across Leicestershire and Rutland.

Nigel Spencer, a spokesperson for the miniature railway, said: “The sign was smashed to smithereens.

“It was paid for by one of our retired members and he was distraught about it when he was told.

“We’ve had a fair number of comments about this on Facebook and Twitter and everyone is absolutely disgusted by it.

“I can understand when people destroy signs when they are politically motivated but we are supporting LOROS at this event and we are all volunteers.

“We’ve lost advertising as a result of this vandalism and people that would have given money to help the charity might not now come because the sign has gone.”

The open weekend will feature rides on the miniature railway, displays of steam engines and fairground organs, trade stands and a licensed bar.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will also be staging a Spitfire flypast at around 4.30pm on the Sunday.