The much-loved straw man at the Roseworthy dip of the A30 has been burned down by firebugs.
The smiling figure made out of farmer Peter Old’s hay bales went up in flames soon after Bonfire Night.
It was constructed by Praze Young Farmers to publicise their group and won a Cornwall Young Farmers competition.
Chairwoman Lucy Williams told the News: “The Straw Man was found burned down on Sunday November 6th, the Sunday after Bonfire Night.
“It’s a terrible shame.
“We had plans to dress it up for Red Nose Day Children in Need.
“We had an email from a lady just this week saying she was really sorry about it.
“They’d had a family member in Treliske and every day they used to look forward to seeing the Straw Man.
“So they were really upset.”
Praze Young Farmers put the Straw Man up over the weekend of September 23rd.
Lucy explained: “Praze Young Farmers does a lot of good work and our charities for young farmers are Macmillans Nurses and Phoenix Stroke Appeal.
“The straw man was popular and really boosted our image and helped us to promote young farmers.
“Some people thought it was a Fathers for Justice demo – because they also paint slogans on sileage bales at the side of the motorway.
“So we made sure the signs for the group were posted next to it.
“When the police phoned up on Sunday and said it was a suspected arson, I was in shock.
“You wouldn’t think anyone would go to those lengths to burn down something that was iconic, really.
“I suppose it was just people messing around, but it’s had a big effect on us.”
She went on: “It seems pointless putting up another one if it’s just going to get burned down.
“So now we’re taking the signs for our group that are around it down.
“But if enough Cornwall Community News readers wanted a new one – we’d consider it.”
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