Iconic Hovis signs stolen from Grantham shop
Two iconic signs have been stolen from the outside of a shop in Grantham which is undergoing renovation.
The two Hovis signs have been a familiar sight on the front of the Watergate building for decades, but workmen noticed they had disappeared last week.
The Journal was told that it had been the intention to keep the signs up. The former home of The Cake Shop is being refurbished to remain as a shop with accommodation above and new flats being built behind.
Andy Kerr, of construction firm Kerr Love Ltd, which is carrying out work on the site, said he believed somebody had broken into the back of the premises and made their way to the front where got through a window and took the signs.
Mr Kerr said: "The signs were very popular. We have had no end of people wanting to buy them. We wanted to keep them but unfortunately they have gone."
Courtney Finn, chairman of Grantham Civic Society, said: “It was such a shame to hear this news. As the Hovis signs certainly have a historic value and would have made the restoration of the shop front more interesting.
It is a pity they were not taken down for safe keeping.”
The police have been informed. If anybody has any information about the signs they should call the police on 101.