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Compass wrong on info board
6:50pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
IF Malvern’s iconic buzzards have any plans for migrating, they would do well to avoid taking directions from an information board at their home in Rosebank Gardens.
Eagle-eyed eight-year-old Robbie Shepherd, of Malvern, contacted your Malvern Gazette after spotting that a compass on the board – just feet from the new £17,000 buzzards statue – has somehow got its east and west mixed up.
She was returning from taking her dog, Elgar, for his daily walk on the hills with her father Bob when they made a detour to Rosebank Gardens to look at the buzzards.
“Robbie spent a couple of minutes reading away as I viewed the sculpture close up, then she shouted across, ‘Dad look, they’ve got the compass wrong on the map’,” said Mr Shepherd. At first he thought his daughter must be mistaken.
“But looking at the wonderfully displayed layout, she was indeed correct,” he said.
“The east and west on the compass points were the wrong way around.
He said they both had a “great giggle” at the birdbrained mistake but are disappointed that nothing has been done to change it, despite them reporting it several weeks ago.
“We went back to have a check and there were some holidaymakers having a giggle at it,” he said.
“It almost makes a fool of the whole thing really.
Why go to the bother of making this wonderful display only to get the compass wrong?”
Malvern’s town clerk Richard Chapman said he “could not understand”
how it had happened but said: “We will do our best to get it put right as soon as possible.
“I think because it is something that is never wrong it is something nobody ever really looks closely at,” he said.
“We’re very grateful to this young lady for noticing and bringing it to our attention.”
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