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New sign offer for comedy village
A Llanddewi-Brefi road sign photographed in October
Three signs have been stolen from the village
A businessman has come to the rescue of a mid Wales village suffering the side-effects of fame.

Since becoming notorious as the home of Little Britain's Daffyd - the "only gay in the village" - three signs in Llanddewi-Brefi have been stolen.

Anthony Roberts from Merthyr Tydfil, who owns a signage firm has approached local councillors in Ceredigion to replace them free of charge.

Since the TV show aired tourists are said to have flocked to the village.

Signs replaced

After Little Britain crossed over from being a cult series to a mainstream hit, fans of the TV comedy have been having their photographs taken next to the road signs.

But some may have gone further - with three of the signs stolen in recent months.

Last week, local AM Elin Jones suggested that the Welsh assembly should pay to replace the signs.

However, speaking on BBC Radio Wales, Mr Roberts, who owns Zodiac Signs told Ceredigion council chairman Dai Evans he would be happy to replace them.

Matt Lucas as Daffyd in the BBC's Little Britain TV comedy
Matt Lucas has made Daffyd and the village famous

"My son's a massive fan of Little Britain and....I'm offering to replace the signs free of charge. We will attempt to make the signs as they should be, bilingual and so forth," Mr Roberts said.

Cllr Dai Evans said since the signs had been taken "nobody seems to know where we are on the map".

However, the local county councillor said he appreciated Mr Roberts' offer to help.

"I'm very grateful for the offer and I'm very grateful for the publicity as well, it's a beautiful little village and we would like to have as much publicity as some of these Yorkshire villages," he said.

"Unfortunately, the signs that we've lost are the old cast iron signs and I don't suppose they'll be able to make any of those these days."

Mr Roberts said he is willing, with the village's consent, to make and install four signs - two at either end of Llanddewi-Brefi.

At each end one would say welcome to Llanddewi-Brefi and the other would thank people as they left the village.

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