December 16, 2014
Tributes paid to community-spirited resident as he loses cancer fight

Tributes have been paid to a community-spirited Highbridge resident who has passed away this week after a two-year battle with cancer.

Paul 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.

His 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 year.

The project was run by HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artsists) and its Chairman, Sarah Berryman, says Paul will be hugely missed.

She said: "Without Paul, the lighthouse trail would not have happened. It was a chance meeting in Asda where we got talking about a story on plans to start the lighthouse trial where he first offered to help."

"A 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."

"I 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."

Paul was also an active member of Burnham's Hillview Carnival Club. Its Chairman, Mark Bishop, told "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 family."

Paul 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.

His son, Lewis, told "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 missed."


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