Minister's comments to be unveiled on Burnham seafront plaque
new unveiling ceremony is set to be held on Burnham-On-Sea seafront
later this week to mark the addition of comments from the Prime
Minister to a wartime plaque.
September, a pair of plaques were unveiled on the sea wall to
mark 75 years since America gave Britain 50 destroyers to fight
Hitlers German navy - one of which was named HMS Burnham.
Minister David Cameron sent a letter to organiser Neville Jones
giving his support to the memorial, as pictured on the right.
this Saturday, 9th January, a section of Mr Cameron's letter will
be added alongside the plaques and formally unveiled.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This Saturday, under the two plaques
that already exist, we'll be adding 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 will be taken from it and added to the
sea wall. The letter itself will be 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 marking the occasion were formally unveiled on the North
Esplanade opposite the Royal Clarence Hotel by Captain Michael
Garrick of the USA Navy and Cllr Ian Dyer, Chairman of Sedgemoor
plaques unveiled in Burnham-On-Sea to mark wartime link