A guerrilla interior designer has taken it upon themselves to transform a vandalised bus stop in Devon into what must be Britain’s cosiest.
The bus stop, which was frequently damaged by vandals, has been turned into an outdoor living room, complete with comfy chairs, throws, cushions, potted plants and pictures on the wall.
The redecoration effort has been happening sporadically for the past six months, and in this latest round the decorator also left a few seasonal Valentine’s touches like roses, chocolates and a candelabra.
Villagers in the small Dartmoor village of Walkhampton, Devon, say they are thrilled with the makeover – one even went as far as to leave a thank you note to the mystery decorator.
It read: “To the person responsible for the fantastic periodic make-overs of the Walkhampton ‘bus stop’, providing a source of amusement for the residents of the village… Thank you!
“To the individual responsible for the nasty, deliberate destruction of the other’s efforts… Words fail me.”
The shelter is served by the Number 56 Tavistock to Meavy Target Travel bus service.
Burrator Parish councillor Keith Scrivener said: “There has been a history of vandalism of the bus shelter which has had to be cleaned up time after time. Now we have the cosiest bus shelter in Devon.
“Well done to whoever is responsible for the good deed.”
The Rev Preb Nick Shutt, Rector of the West Dartmoor Mission Community and a resident of Walkhampton, added, “I don’t know who has done it and I haven’t spoken to anybody who seems to know, but it has brought a smile to everyone’s faces.
“It’s like having our very own Banksy, who likes doing some installation art.
“It has cheered everyone up and it’s nice to have a bit of good news for a change.”