Have you noticed that someone is missing from the Village Green by the Alpine Street railway crossing?
The carving of the Swagman (or The Sentimental Bloke) has succumbed to age, wind or rain and split into three pieces. These are being stored pending replacement, in 2014, by the woodcarver who made the original sculpture. So our icon will be back.
Locals will remember that the figure was carved from the wood of the great pine tree that had stood on the spot for many years, dominating the crossing and the village. The replacement chestnut tree is flourishing.