Grinch takes an­gel’s hat...

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

THE An­gel of the North sculp­ture no longer has its Santa hat on af­ter the pranksters re­spon­si­ble re­moved it overnight.

One of the group, dressed as Dr Seuss char­ac­ter the Grinch, was pho­tographed pulling the hat down from the 65ft struc­ture out­side Gateshead, helped by three oth­ers dressed as Santa.

The hat had been placed on top of the fa­mous An­thony Gorm­ley art­work on Christ­mas Eve, prompt­ing de­light from on­look­ers. Even Gateshead Coun­cil wel­comed the stunt, de­scrib­ing the pub­lic re­sponse as “stag­ger­ing” af­ter the pic­tures made na­tional news.

The group, which has asked to re­main anony­mous, said: “We never in a mil­lion years ex­pected it to hit the head­lines the way it did.”

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