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30 June 2020 06:33

The monument to Adge Cutler has stood for many years in his home town of Nailsea, near Bristol.

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LOCALS have hit out after the latest statue was vandalised — a bronze effigy of The Wurzels' frontman. The monument to Adge Cutler has stood for many years in his home town of Nailsea, near Bristol. It was installed outside a pub where the band recorded their first song in December 1966. But a pair of googly eyes appeared on the four-foot-tall bust over the weekend — leaving some residents and fans upset. They included the musician's nephew John, who said he was 'not happy about this at all'.

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Mr Cutler died in a car crash in 1974, aged 43. The statue was erected in 2016 in the Somerset town as a tribute. A picture of the defaced monument was posted on a local Facebook group, where it was met with a number of comments. One person wrote: 'I hope whoever has done this returns Adge to normal and as a punishment gives him a wash and brush-up.' Another added: 'Adge still has family living in the area, please don't disrespect this memorial.' A third posted: 'Let's hope this lovely statue gets put back to how it was. Promptly! 'It's just disrespectful and no need to damage things. Bluetac or not.' But others took a lighter view — saying Mr Cutler might have seen the funny side. A commenter wrote: 'I bet Adge would have laughed his head off at that.' The Wurzels are famous for hits including The Combine Harvester and I Am A Cider Drinker. The band, still performing today, rework popular songs with an exaggerated Bristolian accent and amusing lyrics, termed Scrumpy & Western after their 1967 EP.