Chesterfield has many famous landmarks, the main one being the iconic Crooked Spire of St Mary and All Saints Church.
You wouldn’t have to travel far to see another well-known sight – right in the courtyard of the same church where, until very recently, a giant wooden bee sat.
That is until it was destroyed by fire earlier this week.
The wooden sculpture of the queen bee, who has sat in the cemetery on top of a tree stump for several years, is lying on her back after falling from her perch.
The whole area, including the stump and the bee, is black from the fire and the ground around it is scorched from the heat of the fire.
Martin Alvey was one of the first to respond to the fire.
He told Derbyshire Live: “We had just had a drink in the parsonage beer garden when we saw the smoke. My wife is the manager there so she kept passing me buckets of tea. water on the wall.
“I had to pour eight buckets of water on it before the fire department arrived, just to keep the main bee from going up.
“It smoked so much and gave off a good heat. Whoever did it did a good number on it, but they were caught on CCTV by the parsonage.”
Others have shared their shock and disappointment at the act, which appears to have happened on Monday, July 19.
Susan Grayson said, “What’s wrong with some people? Just mindless vandalism.”
Elizabeth Illingworth added: “The bee was beautifully designed. Typical that some scrotes think they are big and smart to shoot it. Too bad they didn’t set themselves on fire in the process.”
Debbie Edwards also said: “How long would it have taken for this to happen? Hours, I bet.
“Why wasn’t it detected quickly enough and processed back then? I thought we had CCTV and so on.
“Basically hours of extreme vandalism outside Chesterfield’s most famous landmark. And it went unnoticed? I’m mad at the idiots who did it but I’m also mad at the fact that the guarantees don’t are clearly not in place at all in the city center. “
The queen bee sculpture has been in the cemetery since 2014, when it replaced two trees, both standing for over 140 years, but blown down by a storm in the same year.
It was made by Derbyshire-born sculptor Andrew Frost and took around two weeks to sculpt.
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