Call for respect for sea memorial

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 November 2015

Exmouth's seafront memorial stone.

Exmouth's seafront memorial stone.

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Dog walkers on Exmouth seafront are being asked to show respect to a memorial to those lost at sea.

The Journal received a complaint this week that the stone memorial, which stands on the pavement opposite the Cavendish Hotel, was being urinated on by dogs.

The memorial was installed in 2013, following a fundraising campaign by Richard Benford and Charlotte Feeny.

Speaking this week, Mr Benford said: “I think it’s totally wrong. If people are walking with a dog there, they shouldn’t let the dogs do it – it’s as simple as that. I’ve got a dog and I just wouldn’t let it do it. A lot of people said why is the memorial that height, but it had to be that height because of restrictions.”

Town and district councillor Steve Gazzard, who has been asked to look after the memorial by Mr Benford, said: “All we can ask is that people have a bit of discretion, but you’re never going to get a ban on it.”

Both Mr Benford and Cllr Gazzard emphasised that since the memorial was installed in 2013, it had been well received.

Cllr Gazzard said: “It’s wearing very well. It’s been there a couple of years now, and it’s nice that you go down there and people leave flowers. It’s doing what it was put there to represent.”

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