Vandals strike again at pub

FELIXSTOWE: Vandals have again smashed up a pub sign which was used by the landlord for daily jokes to brighten the day of customers and passers by.

Richard Cornwell

FELIXSTOWE: It's just not funny.

Vandals have again smashed up a Felixstowe pub sign which was used by the landlord for daily jokes to brighten the day of customers and passers by.

The A-board outside the Half Moon, in Walton High Street, had only been back in place a few weeks after thugs' last attack on it.

Landlord Patrick Wroe said the vandals' behaviour was no laughing matter and people in the area were already missing the “smileys” and “Swifties” put up each day.

“The board was generously replaced by Adnams a few weeks ago after it was damaged and now it has been vandalised yet again,” said Mr Wroe, an Evening Star columnist, who has been at the pub 11 years.

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“The sign has been broken in two, hinges, screws and so on all ruined - and for what, the gratification of the mindless minority. My customers and many of the general public are missing it.”

The A-board has been a feature of the pub's forecourt for many years.

Mr Wroe started it after a prolonged bout of roadworks with the message: “Last pub before the traffic lights”.

He regularly changed the messages and then started displaying 'Swifties', short cryptic statements with a pun as the answer -originating from the late 1920s from the Tom Swift series of cartoons written by the American, Edward Stratemeyer.

Do you enjoy Patrick's smileys and Swifties - what do you think of the vandals' actions? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

FASTFACTS

WE ARE AMUSED! Some of Patrick's Swifties

“I fought alongside Geronimo,” said Patrick bravely.

“This is not home made soup,” Patrick said cannily.

“I don't see the point in sewing,” said Patrick needlessly.

“I am losing my hair,” Patrick bawled.