THEY thought their luck couldn’t get any worse.
A banner put up by Macmillan Cancer Support’s Fareham branch to promote its series of car boot sales had already been taken down twice by Hampshire County Council for breaking highways rules.
But now it’s gone missing again – and this time it’s not the council.
The new, third, sign was taken from a hedge on private property close to the Cornaway Lane roundabout in Portchester.
And now the members of the fundraising team are left wondering why.
Celia Creedon, of Peters Road in Locks Heath, said: ‘We really don’t know what’s happened this time.
‘The banner was tied very securely to the hedge and the owner of the house said they went to work in the morning but when they came home it was gone. It wouldn’t have been a quick job because it’s a fairly substantial banner and it was well tied.
‘Whether it’s malicious or someone thinking they’re having a laugh we don’t know. We seem to be blighted.’
The first two banners were taken down after it emerged that the fundraisers had mistakenly been given permission from Hampshire County Council’s highways officers to put them up.
But the group was not informed of the error before the banners were removed. The council has confirmed it is not involved with the latest disappearance.
But Mrs Creedon added: ‘We’re not blaming anyone for the banner going this time, but when I’m driving around I see all sorts of banners for things that can’t be legal so we do feel a bit victimised.’
Despite this the car boot sales, which have been running most Saturdays since April, have proved to be a great success, making more than £5,000 so far.
Mrs Creedon said: ‘We’ve got three more left now so we want to go out on a high.
‘We’ve got a sheet we’re putting up pointing the way to replace the banner.’
The remaining sales take place every Saturday until August 6 from 11am to 3pm at Cranleigh Road in Portchester.
Entry is £7 for cars and £10 for vans or trailers. Entry for buyers is 30p, and children get in free. Anyone with any information about the banner can contact 01489 601684.