Bence the heron flies in after coachbuilders save the day for Sodbury in Bloom team

July 31 2017

COACHBUILDERS came to the rescue when vandals struck just before a team of Britain in Bloom judges arrived in Chipping Sodbury.

COACHBUILDERS came to the rescue when vandals struck just before a team of Britain in Bloom judges arrived in Chipping Sodbury.

Local photographer Rich McDonough had donated an ornamental heron to add to a floral display in a boat supplied by Chipping Sodbury Yacht Club.

But the plastic bird, called Rich, was found floating in pieces in the River Frome, near the display by the bridge next to St Johns Church. 

A replacement bird, Rich II, took its place, only for that to become a victim of the hooligans as well.

Mr McDonough said: “Vandals struck again and the heron was broken beyond repair.

“I approached James Brown at WH Bence to see if he could help and we now have a fantastic replacement fashioned from metal.”

Fabricator Craig Perrett and the paint shop team at Yate-based Bence came up with not only one heron - called Bence - but two baby birds as well, which were in position in time for the judging.

Members of the Sodbury in Bloom team now have to wait for the results of the annual floral challenge to be announced.