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THE truth is out there!

THE truth is out there!

Artists have now gone one better than the suggested Hollywood-style sign on Accrington's skyline by dreaming up a space-age flying saucer.

The wacky design is said to be based on real-life accounts from UFO spotters on the Coppice. It is another entry in a competition to create a new Accrington landmark in a bid to attract visitors of the human variety to the borough.

But council leader Peter Britcliffe has threatened to veto the whole scheme unless organisers let the public have the final say. He said: "At the end of the day the Coppice belongs to the people of Hyndburn. I think it is only fair that the people decide what, if anything at all, should go there."

Councillor Britcliffe issued his warning after our story last week that another artist wants to erect a huge sign spelling out the town's name in nine-foot letters.

Margaret Wyatt, marketing consultant for the project headed by the Lancashire Environmental Arts Network and Mid-Pennine Arts, confirmed the public will have their say.

She said: "It has always been our intention to consult the public. It's not our intention to impose anything on the council. This competition has sparked a tremendous amount of interest and debate. We have been surprised by the artists' creativity and the audacity of the designs.''

The competition will be decided later this month by a panel of judges including Red or Dead design guru Wayne Hemingway who is originally from Blackburn.


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