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Boris Johnson unveils Havering-atte-Bower village sign
Havering-atte-Bower village sign
Unveiling the sign was an important landmark in the village's history

Havering-atte-Bower has celebrated the unveiling of its first village sign by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Members of the Conservation Society raised part of the money and received additional funding from the East London Community Foundation.

Nicky Gates from the society said: "We decided one of the things we wanted was a village sign because lots of villages in Essex have them, and we didn't."

The sign was designed to represent the 1000-year history of the village.

Committee members gathered on the green as Mayor Boris Johnson unveiled the sign.

"I think the people who live in the village are very, very lucky," said Mr Johnson.

"They have a fantastic village atmosphere, a community atmosphere which has got them together to produce this beautiful sign.

"It really is a handsome work of art," he added.

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