Second banner theft enrages art club leaders
A VILLAGE art club has slammed the thieves who stole a banner promoting the group's annual exhibition - after the advertisement was pinched for a second year in a row.
Ormiston Art Club had hung its banner on railings outside the local library to advertise their fourth annual exhibition.
However members discovered that like last year the banner had disappeared following last weekend.
Treasurer Margaret Hunt said: "Our banner has been stolen again. This year Andy McGovern volunteered to make us two banners and we hung one outside the library but when I went to the library last Monday and saw it had gone.
"I think it was just an act of vandalism. It had been cut off rather than untied. I hope whoever did it does get caught so they have their knife taken off them.
She added: "We meet on Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings and when the library is closed we let ourselves in.
"At the start of the year we had some trouble with kids banging on the windows and ringing the bell but we haven't had any problems recently.
"There are kids that congregate in the library doorway but as far as I'm aware they don't damage anything.
"There's nowhere else that is sheltered, so the congregate there."
"We've got our second banner rolled up and stored but there's no point in putting it up if the just going to disappear.
"We're not expecting the stolen one to turn up."
She said the group had reported the theft of the banner to police who have said they will view CCTV footage from the library.
Though Ormiston Art Club has given up on banners for now, their art exhibition is still ongoing and will run until next Friday (August 20) at the Meadowbank library.
Anyone with information regarding the theft should contact Lothin and Borders Police on 0131 3113131 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.