Blow me over, where'd it go?
PEOPLE will have to put their birthdays on hold if they want to see their name on the community noticeboard at Tweed Heads fire station.
The popular board was torn down by the savage winds that lashed the coast last month and firefighters say they are still waiting for it to be restored.
Usually found outside the Minjungbal Drive station, the noticeboard is a community favourite, often used to display birthday and anniversary greetings.
It has even been used by a few locals to pop the question or cheer on their favourite football team.
Money collected by the firefighters to display personal messages on the board is donated to local children's charity Kids in Need.
Senior firefighter Justin Hyde said the pole that held up the noticeboard had become rusty, so when winds of up to 100km/h tore through the region, the pole snapped and the sign came crashing down.
He said the firefighters were now waiting for a company based on Queensland's Sunshine Coast to come down and restore it.
“We're endeavouring to get it back up,” Mr Hyde said.
“We haven't had any irate phone calls about it yet, but it will get fixed. We are hoping within the next fortnight.”
With the board usually on display for passing motorists on the busy stretch of road, people see it and want their own messages.
“Since it has been down, we haven't had anyone calling about it,” Mr Hyde said.
“Usually when it's up, people see it and ring up to book their messages so a lot of it is just spontaneous.”
A number of people had this week booked messages for birthdays and anniversaries which they have had to forego because the noticeboard has not been repaired.