Signs will show off Bersted’s past

NEW signs will put Bersted’s proud history on show.

Parish councillors have approved the design for the first of the three distinctive signs to be installed.

They hope the go-ahead at Tuesday’s (April 9) meeting will enable the sign to be put up along Chalcraft Lane ready for the June 6 anniversary of D-Day. As reported, the sign commemorates the advanced landing ground – or temporary airfield – which stretched across the fields north of Chalcraft Lane into what is now West Meads.

Cartoonist Mike Jupp has delighted councillors with his imaginative and inventive designs.

Former parish council chairman Brian Knight said: “I travel all over the county and I have been to every village and these signs will put us in front of every other parish in West Sussex. There is nothing to compare with these. We should congratulate Mike on what he has done.”

Current chairman Patrick Hastings said: “These are excellent. They are remarkable signs.” Cllr Brian Green said: “These are very inventive and colourful.”

Mr Jupp said: “That airfield was the busiest in the country in the week before D-Day in 1944 with more than 1,000 aircraft.”

The two other signs, at £1,000 each, will be on Chichester Road and Shripney Lane. Their final designs have yet to be approved by councillors.