Tadcaster’s famous stag and doe sculpture has been scrapped because it was deemed to be dangerous.
The landmark, which has for years stood at the corner of Wetherby Road and Station Road near the Glenn Goodman memorial, has recently been dismantled by the town council.
Tadcaster Council clerk Jane Crowther told the News: “The condition of the deer was brought to the council’s attention last autumn.
“The deer were inspected and they were found to be badly rusting, had various pieces missing and could become a hazard.
“After an inspection to see whether they could be repaired, they were deemed to be in a parlous state and were beyond repair.
“Thus, the decision was taken by the council to remove them so that they would not become a risk to anyone passing by.
“However, this was not a decision taken lightly by the council.”
She added that the deer sculptures, designed by Sally Matthews, will be discussed further at a relevant meeting of the town council’s Environment Committee meeting in the near future.
And the matter will be reported in the town council newsletter, out late next month.
The absence of the sculpture from the town was mentioned on social media network Twitter.
Victoria Munday Tweeted on January 11: “Does anyone know where the deer from Tadcaster have gone?
“I suddenly realised today they’ve disappeared from the corner by the brewery.”
Riley Smithers responded: “Very good question, was wondering this myself. Where are they?”