A PLAQUE – which disappeared from the middle of Marston Green more than three months ago – has been found by an unlikely hero.
The sign was prised off the Millennium Wood standing stone in June, and villagers were convinced it was gone for good.
But long after people had given up hope, it was found by Luke – a west highland terrier who belongs to Derek Jackson.
The local man and his dog were enjoying a walk through the woodland when something beneath the trees seemed to catch Luke’s attention.
Deciding to take a closer look, Derek was amazed to see the missing plaque – propped up in the grass and only yards from where it disappeared.
“It does restore your faith in human nature a little bit,” he said. “Someone had left it there to be found again.”
The plaque had been stolen in the summer and, despite several hunts in the vicinity, villagers could find no trace.
By a remarkable coincidence, the old sign reappeared the day after a new identical plaque had been delivered.
Frank Bunce, chairman of Bickenhill Parish Council, said that the plan now was to screw a sign on each side. A mason will be called in to make sure that no-one will be able to remove them from the stone again.
Millennium Wood was planted in the year 2000 and the plaque was unveiled the following year by the then Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands.