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Anger over 'Hitler' signs removal
Mevagissey
There were two complaints about the signs
Signs in a pretty Cornish seaside village marking a park known as Hitler's Walk have been taken down following complaints.

But parish councillors in Mevagissey say the name dates back to before World War II and want the signs returned.

Parish clerk John Olford said the decision to remove the two signs was "political correctness gone mad".

The parish council will vote on whether the signs should be restored at its next meeting on September 15.

What the hell are these people who come down here wanting to change things for?
John Olford, parish clerk

Legend has it that the parkland near was dubbed Hitler's Walk in the 1930s after a dictatorial local councillor, who was nicknamed Hitler.

Only two complaints were made about the signs to Restormel Borough Council, which erected them at the parish council's request, according to Mr Olford.

He said one of the objections was made by someone who only moved into Mevagissey 18 months ago.

"That is what it has been called for 60-plus years.

"What the hell are these people who come down here wanting to change things for?" he said.

"Basically they're being ludicrous."

Mr Olford said he had discovered the small park was once called Cliff Park - but even long-standing parish councillors only knew it as Hitler's Walk.

He said a former district councillor named Wright-Harris was nicknamed after the Nazi leader for his officious habit of walking up and down checking on the boats moored in the harbour.

Mr Olford said: "If the borough council doesn't put the signs back, then the parish council will put them back.

"And if the parish council doesn't, I will."


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