Photos: Rain can't halt new plaque unveiling on Burnham seafront
rain failed to dampen spirits at the official unveiling of a new
wartime plaque on Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Saturday (January
ceremony, led by former Mayor Neville Jones, and attended by MP
James Heappey and current Mayor Michael Clarke, was held to mark
the unveiling of comments from the Prime Minister.
comes after a pair of plaques were initially unveiled on the sea
wall opposite the Royal Clarence Hotel last autumn to mark 75
years since America gave Britain 50 destroyers to fight Hitlers
German navy - one of which was named HMS Burnham.
Cameron sent a letter giving his support to the memorial and on
Saturday a section of his letter was added alongside the plaques
and formally unveiled.
Officer Cadet Jacob Hatziogiannakis from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
Sea Cadets had the job of formally unveiling the new plaque, as
pictured here, alongside Lt (SCC) Scott Fulcher, RNR Officer In
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Under the two plaques that already
exist, we've added a couple of sentences which the Prime Minister
sent in his letter, recording the fact that what we have done
here in Burnham-On-Sea is part of a national monument to the Battle
of the Atlantic."
very important that although Burnham saw nothing of the Battle
of the Atlantic to any great degree, it did have a destroyer named
after the town, HMS Burnham, which was one of the so-called 'gift
horses' which Mr Churchill acquired from President Roosevelt.
These ships had a vital role and the plaque in Burnham-On-Sea
recalls the names of those which were lost at sea."
added: "I read out the letter from the Prime Minister to
those who attended the reception after the plaques unveiling last
autumn, but it has not been readily available to the general public,
so a couple of straplines have been taken from it and added to
the sea wall. The letter itself has been given to the Town Council
to hang in their chambers."
Minister David Cameron wrote: "I want to extend my admiration
in honour of the personnel and the 50 First World War destroyers
acquired by Sir Winston Churchill form our close American Allies
during the Second World War. I join you in paying respect to those
who have given their lives in defence of the freedoms which we
hold dear today."
plaques unveiled in Burnham-On-Sea to mark wartime link