March 9, 2011
railway monument unveiled next to Highbridge roundabout
set of train wheels and a short run of railway track has this
week been installed next to a Highbridge roundabout to act as
a lasting reminder of the town's long railway history.
new 'monument' was officially unveiled on Wednesday morning (March
9th) next to a roundabout in Isleport, Highbridge.
Local businessman Mike Lawrence, whose business interests include
road haulage of large locomotives, has donated the wheels free
of charge to Burnham and Highbridge Town Council after being approached
by Cllr Pat Burge.
unveiling followed a long-running saga over the location of the
wheels which has lasted almost three years.
Cllr Neville Jones told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I know people
feel it has taken a very long while to take this offer up and
place it in an attractive location."
"However, Somerset County Council has vetoed over the years
three suggested locations. Talks between the Town Council and
Highways Department have concluded with the bogey wheels being
installed at the side of a very important roundabout in Highbridge."
He added: "We are extremely grateful to Mike Lawrence who
has had the Bogey Wheels shot blasted and re-painted and also
provided the railway line on which they have been mounted."
The set of wheels were unveiled by their donor Mike Lawrence
and town councillors Pat Burge, Neville Jones and Phoebe Harling,
It is the intention of the Town Council at a later date to place
a plaque by the wheels recalling Highbridges important railway
past. This could form part of next year's Jubilee celebrations.