Vane pain after metal theft

The weather vane on the roof of the cafe in Stanley Park, Blackpool, before it was vandalised and (below) after.
The weather vane on the roof of the cafe in Stanley Park, Blackpool, before it was vandalised and (below) after.
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IF you want to know the 
direction of the wind, then you’re going to be looking in vain in Stanley Park.

Vandals have scaled the roof of the famous Art Deco Cafe and stolen the top and all but one of the arms on the park’s popular heritage weather vane.

The weather vane on the roof of the cafe in Stanley Park, Blackpool, after it was vandalised.

The weather vane on the roof of the cafe in Stanley Park, Blackpool, after it was vandalised.

Only a large letter E remains on the metal structure, which is thought to date back to the 1920s.

Blackpool Civic Trust president Barry Shaw, said: “After the recent desecration of the statues in Stanley Park it is outrageous and disappointing that yet another significant artefact of Blackpool’s historic past has been stolen and lost forever.

“Whether they were mindless vandals or metal thieves is not known, but there is no sign of the missing pieces.”

The vane was originally sited on a ventilating tower alongside the boating pool on New South Promenade, which was originally opened in 1926 – coincidentally the same year as Stanley Park.

When that part of the seafront was redeveloped as part of new sea defence works in the 1990s, Mr Shaw suggested the weather vane be refurbished and put on the cafe roof in Stanley Park.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and culture on Blackpool Council, said: “It’s terrible to hear the park has been victim to metal theft once again.

“This justifies our decision to remove the lions from the Italian Gardens last week.

“It’s unbelievable to think people are risking their lives like this for a relatively small amount of metal.

“We will be in touch with our insurers and will look into how the weather vane could be replaced in the future.”

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