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Bench Memorial Plaque Replaced Just in Time For Christmas

Published: 21st December 2020 09:01

Regular AboutMyArea readers will recall that back in November we reported on the sad and annoying theft of a memorial plaque from a bench in Little Neston.

Memorial plaque replaced on bench in Little NestonGordale's Peter Nicholson with the plaque now replaced on the bench.

At the time, Lesley Foote, who is the daughter of Colin, to whom the bench was dedicated, wrote in as she wanted to draw attention to the theft in the hope that it would deter vandals in future, if they realised the hurt their actions cause.

Alerted to the theft, Gordale owner Jill Nicholson stepped in with the amazing offer to replace the plaque on the bench, situated near The Harp.

Now, Lesley has written again to tell us that Jill and her husband Peter have now replaced the plaque, at their own expense.

Lesley says:"My family are so happy and grateful to Peter and Jill. My sisters live in New Zealand and Bali, my brother in Wales, and I live in London (now on Tier 4 lockdown) and it will be some time before we can visit Neston again to sit on the bench, enjoy the view and our memories.

Memorial plaque replaced on bench in Little NestonJill Nicholson enjoys the view from the bench.

"We think that this is a great story of community support from a business, Gordale Garden and Home Centre, that must have suffered over the last year through the pandemic lockdowns.

"My family comes from Neston and I have memories of my mother buying cakes from Gordale as a special treat on high days and holidays. Below  is a photo of one that she tried to pass off as her own bake for my little sister's 4th birthday back in 1968!

The Foote family

"This is the true spirit of Christmas isn't it? A local business going out of their way to help their local community despite the economic misery of the pandemic fallout all around them."

Thank you to Jill Nicholson for the photos of the bench and view.

Memorial plaque replaced on bench in Little Neston

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