for stolen war plaques
special ceremony was held in Highbridge on Thursday (March 29th)
when the town's Mayor officially unveiled the new replacements
for two wartime plaques that were stolen by mean thieves last
here that two plaques dedicated to wartime hero Frank Foley
and a group of American soldiers who served locally during the
World War Two had been stolen from Highbridge's Southwell Gardens.
plaques - which were believed to have been taken for their scrap
metal value - have been replaced by non-metallic, granite ones.
and Highbridge's Mayor Michael Clarke and Mayoress Maria Clarke
attended a special unveiling ceremony in the Memorial Gardens
at Southwell House on Thursday.
trustees of Highbridge War Memorial Trust organised the service
of dedication, which was led by Reverend Sharon Crossman.
American plaque was originally unveiled in the Garden of Remembrance
on the 50th Anniversary of 'D' Day in June 1994. The wartime plaque
was dedicated to American soldiers responsible for the operation
of a large petrol depot located in the Highbridge 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.
war hero Frank Foley's plaque was also located in the gardens
in honour of his life-saving work during the war. His plaque,
pictrured, stated: "The spy who saved the lives of 10,000
Jews from the Holocaust. Born at 7 Walrow Terrace, Highbridge."
War Memorial Trust will be holding a fundraising Coffee Morning
on March 31st at Southwell House in Highbridge between 10am and
12 noon when all will be welcome.