A WELL-known figure in Shoreham town centre has gone missing.
‘Betsy’, the sign for Tarmount Studios vintage emporium, was stolen on Thursday night.
The co-operative fears the 8ft sign, worth hundreds of pounds, could have been put up for sale online.
Lisa Kidd, who opened a unit selling work by artists from London a few months ago, said they were hoping someone would spot her for sale and let them know.
“It is quite an unusual thing, you will never see another one,” she said.
“She was unfortunately left outside the shop by mistake and was stolen some time on Thursday night.
“We are all small businesses and it is just a mean thing to do.”
The sign, made of fibre glass, was usually placed on the corner of Tarmount Lane and Brunswick Road to invite people into the studios.
Lisa, who lives in Worthing, added: “The whole time the studios have been here, we have had her.”
She said she knows her as Betsy, but everyone had their own name for the sign, with others including Aunt Sally.
“We wheel her outside and she invites everyone in,” she added.
Lisa believes the sign was originally purchased at an antiques fair by a unit holder for the Tarmount Studios, which was set up about four years ago on the site of the oldest film studios in England.
Anyone with information on the sign is asked to ring Lisa on 07725564100.
Meanwhile, vandals damaged planting displays throughout East Street over the weekend.
A large planter in the pedestrian area was turned right over on Friday night, crushing some of the flowers, and two conifers planted outside Shoreham Dental Centre were uprooted from their concrete pots on Saturday night and dumped on the ground.