The signs are all good for Bell’s Milk Bar
Saturday, 28th April, 2012
The famous “Drinks” sign has been returned to Bell’s Milk Bar in Patton Street.
And thanks to generous local support, all the historic metal signs have now been freshly fabricated, strengthened and powder coated.
The “Drinks” sign was saved from a life in a shed and reunited with Bell’s Milk Bar owner Jason King after a local man saw an article in the BDT about the sign having been stolen.
The man reportedly said that he found the sign at the motorbike track under the grandstand and had thought it said “drunks”.
Mr King said he was relieved the sign had been returned and was grateful for the support he had received from the community.
“Everyone has been very concerned about finding the Bell’s sign,” said Mr King.
“It is obvious how important local history is to the people of Broken Hill.”
A metalworker and longtime Bell’s customer, who preferred not to be named, along with his boss Nick Bobos of Bobos Engineering, originally offered to join forces to fashion a new sign.
But when the old one was returned, they enlisted the help of electrical company Matthew Barrett Electrical and set about giving all the signs an overhaul including fashioning stronger, more substantial housing and fresh powder coating.
“While it is sad that it had to happen at all, it’s great to have the sign back again. Thanks to the generous support of the community, all the signs will now be well placed to stand for another 50 years and beyond,” said Mr King.
“Having the support of local people just shows that for every bad apple in the community there are many more generous and positive people around.
“It proves what a great community we have here in Broken Hill.”