to unveil new replacements for stolen Highbridge war plaques
special ceremony is to be held in Highbridge next week to officially
unveil the new replacements for two wartime plaques that were
stolen by mean thieves last year.
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 are believed to have been stolen for their scrap
metal value - are being replaced by granite ones.
and Highbridge's Mayor Michael Clarke and Mayoress Maria Clarke
will attend the unveiling ceremony in the Memorial Gardens at
Southwell House on Thursday March 29th at 11am.
trustees of Highbridge War Memorial Trust have organised the service
of dedication, which will be led by members of the local clergy
and be open to all residents.
are so pleased that the stolen plaques are being replaced and
we look forward to welcoming along Andrew Tag, a friend of Bob
originally gave Highbridge the American plaque," the trust's
Pam Lyes told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
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 also be holding a fundraising Coffee Morning
on March 31st at Southwell House in Highbridge between 10am and
12 noon when all will be welcome.
Top, Pam Lyes and Shirley Adams from the Frank Foley Committee
pointing at the empty space where the American plaque was stolen
from and, above, Highbridge's Frank Foley plaque which was also