Pub sign to remain to keep historic link

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The removal of a former pub sign has been refused after it was argued displaying it elsewhere would lower its historic significance.

The Anchor pub sign in Friars Street, Sudbury, has hung outside the building since the 1930s.

Although the building, parts of which date back to the 14th century, closed as a pub a number of years ago and now operates as clothes shop Javelin, many believe the sign should remain.

Stephen Thorpe, a member of the Sudbury Society, said: “The society believes that the sign is a much-loved feature and will be sadly missed when it is no longer there.”

Jeremy Clayton, owner of Javelin, had requested that the sign be replaced with one for the shop.

He has offered to donate the sign to either Sudbury Town Council or the Sudbury Society.

On Monday, members of the council’s planning and development committee met to discuss the proposal and chose to reject the removal of the sign.

“We want the old sign to be kept, even if it means moving the position of it on the building,” said Jan Osborne, chairman of the committee.

“It needs to be on the building as it is of historic value and is not going to do any harm.”

Councillors approved a plan for a new sign at the business, but said they would not be happy with the original sign being separated from the building.

“To put it somewhere like the town hall would not be the same,” said Mrs Osborne.

“We do not want to lose our historic connections.”

The building opened as a shop last year following around 10 months of renovation work, including a new frontage.