Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Memorial plaques replaced

Bronze plaques bearing the names of some of the ex-servicemen who lost their lives during the Second World War, which were stolen from Gnoll Memorial Gates, have been replaced.

The original plaques were stolen during the summer, but Neath Port Talbot Council replaced the plaques in time for the Battle of Britain Parade.

The Authority aimed to replace the plaques in time for Armistice Day on November 11, but thanks to the help of Cyrus-RW Taylor, the plaques were replaced ahead of schedule on Friday, September 18.

Council leader Ali Thomas has condemned the actions of the thieves.

He said: "This was an appalling act of vandalism. These plaques honoured the memories of those men who lost their lives for the better of future generations.

"Neath Port Talbot Council will not tolerate such abhorrent acts of vandalism and will use the full force of the law to bring the culprit/s to justice.

"I would like to thanks Cyrus RW Taylor for recasting the plaques ahead of schedule and the public for their help in establishing the detail on the original plaques."

The Council is continuing to appeal to the public to help establish the precise detail on the insignia which were stolen from the Briton Ferry Memorial.

"If anyone has old photos of the plaques or any information which can help us establish the exact inscription, the Council would be very grateful if they could get in touch," added councillor Thomas.

If you can help, contact the Park and Neighbourhood department on 01639 686176.


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