Much-loved local golden cockerel landmark to be replaced after it was stolen

Residents of Cupar are expected to be crowing after the announcement of plans to replace a much-loved landmark.

A new weather vane is being fabricated to sit atop the burgh chambers, two months after the original was stolen.

The golden cockerel was pinched by thieves who scaled scaffolding outside the building shortly after contractors had reattached it following a refurbishment.

It was repainted in bright gold leaf and contractors said at the time it may have been snatched in the belief the vane was constructed out of solid gold.

Despite a police investigation, there remains no clue as to who may have taken the weather vane or where it might be.

Paul Higginson, from Cupar-based Arc Architects, said: “We have not heard anything from the police and nobody has walked in with it, so a replacement is now being fabricated.”

The weather vane is thought to have first been installed in 1823, eight years after the construction of the burgh chambers.