Restored knights back on guard duty at village north and south gateways
Stansted's familiar knight signs are back in position and standing guard at either end of the village.
The restored and repainted structures, which are a nod to Stansted's Norman roots, were officially unveiled on Friday following a project by the Stansted in Bloom group to smarten up the welcome signs ahead of this year's Anglian in Bloom competition.
The sign at the junction of Cambridge Road and High Lane was discovered to have extensive wood rot and a fund-raising appeal was launched to cover the repair costs.
On Friday, parish council chair Maureen Caton was joined by Stansted's county councillor Ray Gooding; Guy Schooling, MD of Sworder's Fine Art Auctioneers, which contributed towards the project; and Tin-Tin Azure-Marxin, of landscape gardeners Liz Lake Associates, who have helped with planting and tidying up around the northern Knight sign.
The parish council and both district and county members all offered grants to help towards the restoration, while villagers were thanked for their individual contributions.