Local residents were greeted by a sad sight on their commutes this morning when they found the iconic Mini flower display on Longbridge island had been flipped over by vandals.
Cofton Nursery staff quickly set the Mini back on its
feet tyres as locals expressed their disappointment at the act of vandalism.
The display was initially only returned to the island for one day but, following an outpouring of support from local people, they decided to leave it out for the community to enjoy.
All summer the display, celebrating the proud history of Longbridge, has brought a smile to the faces of local people and visitors alike. However, staff have now confirmed that the popular display will now be returned to the nursery at Cofton Park to preserve it.
Tony Turpin, from Cofton Nursery, said: “Staff at Cofton Nursery were not very happy this morning to discover that the award winning and iconic Mini had been vandalised on the Longbridge island. The Mini, which has given pleasure to commuters throughout the summer, will now be returned to the nursery.”
One reader said: “Such a shame. We love to see it on a yearly basis and took photos a couple of years ago and sent them to brother who emigrated to New Zealand… he loved them – it is a bit of nostalgia left and I am not originally from Birmingham but it is great to see a community make an effort to applaud the great place that Longbridge was and the people who worked there.”
Councillor Andy Cartwright, himself an ex-Rover worker, said: “It saddens me that someone can disrespect an icon of local heritage that many in the local area have been part of. The Longbridge Mini celebrates and brings together the local community and those who enjoyed driving one. ”
It will be really sad to see the Bloom 1 Mini go from its position standing proudly at the gateway to Birmingham. You will still be able to see it on display at Cofton Nursery on Lickey Road.
If you have any information on what happened to the Mini last night, please call Longbridge police on 101