The stolen and damaged 'Lark in the Park' sign yesterday.
Photo by Linda Robertson.
Dunedin Lions are growling after a charity concert sign
was stolen. The 1.8m by 600mm sign advertising this weekend's
''Lark in the Park'' at the Dunedin Botanic Garden is believed
to have been removed from the garden fence last weekend.
It was later discovered by garden staff in nearby Lindsay
''Unfortunately, it has suffered considerable damage. It's a
real shame and it's very disappointing,'' event convener
Peter Begg said yesterday.
''We all do this voluntarily and that sign is our main
advertising. It's seen by thousands of motorists and
pedestrians in the area.
''It wasn't just pulled off. It was unbolted and taken away
and thrown in the creek. We simply don't have the resources
to make repairs and put it back up again in in the short time
before Sunday, so we will have to go without it.''
The theft was ''particularly disappointing'' as the charity
event this year was in support of CCS Disability Action
Otago, Mr Begg said.
''They're affecting the whole community. We're appealing to
whoever took it to think hard about the effect this has on
CCS Disability Otago and the many families they look after.''
''Lark in the Park'', which will be held from 11am to 4pm, is
part of the 2013 Dunedin summer programme and the Dunedin
Botanic Garden 150th anniversary celebrations. Entry is free.