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Last Updated: Friday, 27 February, 2004, 11:54 GMT
Lost village set to disappear
Lost road sign/Harvey Wood Photography
Lost will be lost no more (Picture by Harvey Wood Photography)
The Scottish village of Lost is changing its name because souvenir hunters keep making its road signs disappear.

The Aberdeenshire hamlet will now be known as Lost Farm.

Local councillor Bruce Luffman said it makes sense to rename Lost, despite the title having given the area a certain amount of fame.

Two signs are missing just now and several others have been stolen over the years.

Mr Luffman believes they could be anywhere in the world.

"People are seeing this as some form of curio and are then just hoicking them out before they go home I think," he said.

People were contacting me from all over the world on the internet with regard to it and I suppose we are going to spoil that now
Bruce Luffman
Local councillor
"There used to be many, many crofts but now there's only the Lost Farm so we feel that those two families will now be able to have a bit of peace.

"And I don't think people are going to bother to nick a sign saying Lost Farm."

He added that delivery drivers should no longer face the prospect of being lost in Lost, but that the name has had its advantages in the past.

Mr Luffman said: "It was quite good for tourism the fact that I was on Brazilian radio and I think Canadian radio last year when the sign was taken last time.

"People were contacting me from all over the world on the internet with regard to it and I suppose we are going to spoil that now."


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