English Heritage satisfied pink drapes on Nine Ladies Stone Circle was not vandalism
By Kelly Tyler
The Nine Ladies stone circle at Stanton Moor, near Bakewell, was mysteriously draped in pink fabric.
The striking dressing of the Nine Ladies monument, believed to have been built more than 4,000 years ago, was spotted by a walker on Monday.
A cryptic note left at the circle signed by the "Spirit Wrestlers" said the gritstone blocks were decorated as an "act of love and gratitude for their eternal being".
English Heritage, which owns the site at Stanton Moor, near Bakewell, said it is not known exactly why the material was placed over the stones.
A woman who came across the unusual sight said: "As I approached I thought the stones had been – as had happened a few months ago – vandalised with pink paint.
"However, as I neared the stone circle, it was apparent the Nine Ladies had been seemingly dressed in a bright pink fabric.
"A note had been left in the middle of the stones referring to the earlier attack and also the troubles in the world today. Interesting, I thought, if not a little strange.
"This is the Nine Ladies though, I suppose, so anything is possible."
The ancient monument dates back to the Bronze Age and is popular with walkers and pagan worshippers.
The stones were traditionally believed to be nine ladies turned to stone as punishment for dancing on Sunday.
The site was vandalised in March this year by offenders who sprayed yellow and green paint on the rocks.
A note left at the spot said the stones were wrapped as a "direct response to an act of vandalism on the Nine Ladies some months ago and the knowledge that the Universe must be realigned."
It went on to say: "The consequences of our actions will only become apparent over time.
"Do something to make the world a better place, whether this act is large or small matters not.
"Doing it is what drives us forward. Whatever next?"
An English Heritage spokesperson said: "Having been contacted about the sighting of pink material on the stones earlier yesterday, we visited the site to investigate this afternoon and it would appear it has since been removed without trace.
"We are not treating this as an act of vandalism"
Posted by moss
5th September 2014ce
Edited 5th September 2014ce