Residents of Somerset village Curry Mallet awoke to a shocking sight this morning. It appears that during the night, popular recreational facility MacArthur's Park had melted in the dark.
The park was named after its benefactor, Roderick Carlyle MacArthur (1842-1910), a Victorian industrialist who invented the setting agent that stopped dyes from running on postage stamps. Down the years, it had become popular with young lovers and retired strollers alike.
According to James Woods and Fiona Carrington, a courting couple who were the last residents to leave the park last night, the much-anticipated spring weather had failed to wait for them as they followed in the dance between the parted pages and were pressed in love's hot, fevered iron.
More worryingly still, the disaster has wreaked havoc on local WA members who had left their cakes out in the rain, leading to the sweet green icing flowing down. “I don't think that I can take it because it took so long to bake it. And I'll never have that recipe again,” said distraught 58-year-old housewife Lesley Norris.
Added Mrs Norris: “Oh no.”