Highbridge war plaques to be replaced with stone memorials
bronze wartime plaques which were stolen from a Highbridge memorial
garden earlier this year are to be replaced with granite plaques
in a bid to prevent them being removed by thieves again for their
scrap metal value.
businessman has come forward to offer the funding needed to buy
the replacements after we reported
here earlier this year how the plaques dedicated to wartime
hero Frank Foley and American soldiers who served locally during
the second World War had been stolen from Southwell Gardens.
Lyes from Highbridge's Frank Foley Committee told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week: "The committee has decided that the Foley plaque
and the smaller American wartime plaque will both be replaced
by granite memorials to make them less attractive to thieves."
both will be replaced with the financial help of a businessman
in Highbridge who has been shocked at the thefts. It has been
very upsetting for us all that someone targeted these gardens."
Gardens committee member Joyce Beard has recently received a letter
from Bob Jurney, the American G.I. who bought the bronze plaque
for the gardens, expressing his disappointment at the theft.
has written to us to say how 'sorry' he is that the plaque was
stolen from the gardens earlier this year and how he remembers
the occasion when the plaque was formally unveiled in the Garden
of Remembrance in Southwell Gardens on the 50th Anniversary of
'D' Day in June 1994."
wartime plaque was dedicated to American soldiers responsible
for the operation of a large petrol depot located in our area.
The fuel played a major role in the invasion of the French coast
on 6th June 1944 and in support of Allied advances on the continent.
Frank Foley plaque stated: "In honour of Major Frank Foley.
The spy who saved the lives of 10,000 Jews from the Holocaust.
Born at 7 Walrow Terrace, Highbridge."
(top) Pam Lyes and Shirley Adams from the Frank Foley Committee,
and (above) Highbridge's Frank Foley plaque which was stolen