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Signs for the times in Llanddewi
Council chairman Dai Evans receives the new sign from Anthony Roberts, of Zodiac Signs
The council is now looking at ways of making the signs secure
The mid Wales village made famous by the BBC comedy Little Britain has taken delivery of its new signs.

Two replacement village signs arrived in Llanddewi-Brefi on Wednesday, three months after the originals were stolen.

Councillors saw nothing funny in the thefts but said they hoped that interest in the comedy would lead to tourism spin-offs.

Meanwhile, Daffyd was not "the only gay in the village" as student lookalikes appeared in aid of Comic Relief.

Dyfed-Powys Police and eBay are investgating after the stolen road signs were advertised on the internet auction site in January.

It's great that we've have had fame, but I hope it does not go over the top
Councillor Dai Evans

Unveiling the new signs on Wednesday, Ceredigion council chairman and Llanddewi councillor Dai Evans said: "I officially re-open Llanddewi-Brefi. I hope the new signs give us a platform for tourism".

The two signs were donated by a Merthyr Tydfil sign-maker, with a third due to be signed by the cast of Little Britain and auctioned off for tsunami victims.

Mr Evans added: "I hope Llanddewi becomes as popular as some of the television towns in Yorkshire. It's great we've have had fame, but I hope it does not go over the top."

He said that the council would be keeping a close watch and looking at ways of making the signs secure, but admitted that "all the publicity has really put the village on the map."

One of the stolen signs was cast iron and dated from the 1950s or '60s, while two others were more modern versions.

Locals in Llanddewi said the older sign went missing several months ago, with the other two disappearing before Christmas.

Students in Llanddewi-Brefi during the fund-raiser
Hordes of Daffyds raised money for Comic Relief in Llanddewi

Thirty students from Lampeter University, wearing Daffyd masks, raised money for Comic Relief by holding a 'Daffyd dash' in the village.

Daffyd - a misspelling of the Welsh name Dafydd - is known for dressing in outrageous outfits including rubber and leather shorts, but the students did not go that far.

Ian Larsen, entertainment and publicity officer at Lampeter University's students union, said: "It's harmless fun and it's generating publicity for Comic Relief."

The "Dafydds" ran around the village, chatted to locals and stopped at local pubs.

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