paid to community-spirited resident as he loses cancer fight
have been paid to a community-spirited Highbridge resident who
has passed away this week after a two-year battle with cancer.
Plume died on Monday morning after a battle with lung cancer.
Tributes have poured in for the 48 year-old, pictured,
who was an active member of many groups in Burnham and Highbridge.
most recent project was building the 33 mini wooden replicas of
Burnham's iconic beach lighthouse, which went on show across the
area during Burnham's successful lighthouse trail earlier this
project was run by HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artsists) and
its Chairman, Sarah Berryman, says Paul will be hugely missed.
said: "Without Paul, the lighthouse trail would not have
happened. It was a chance meeting in Asda where we got talking
about a Burnham-On-Sea.com story on plans to start the lighthouse
trial where he first offered to help."
few days later he knocked on my door and asked me to take a look
at a mini lighthouse he'd built and after that we just couldn't
stop him building more of them every few weeks! He was so passionate
about the project and no-one could fault his enthusiasm."
had many laughs with him and didn't always agree with him, but
he was such a dedicated person. He wasn't just a do-gooder and
never wanted to take the credit - he felt uncomfortable being
in the limelight. Paul was also very proud of Burnham and loved
it - he will be greatly missed."
was also an active member of Burnham's Hillview Carnival Club.
Its Chairman, Mark Bishop, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Paul
played a major role behing the scenes in building our carts and
never wanted to be in the limelight. He was always a true gentleman
and brought a smile to everyone's face with his humour. He was
also a great work colleague to me at Woodberry and Haines, where
he was always popular and much-liked. Hillview is very sad about
this week's news and the club passes on its condolences to his
worked at Woodberry and Haines for many years, where he was a
popular staff member. Colleagues recall how he built a wooden
replica of a darlek which was recently auctioned off for charity
for over £500. Paul also built a mini golf course which
helped raise funds for local charities.
son, Lewis, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "He loved our community
and kept all his activities going despite his illness, making
it look so easy. He was always so positive and will be hugely