Memorial to be unveiled
PUBLISHED: 10:26 28 November 2013 | UPDATED: 10:52 28 November 2013
A stone memorial honouring those 'Lost at Sea' will be officially unveiled on Exmouth seafront this Saturday.
Withycombe’s Richard Benford and his partner Charlotte Feeny, founders of the Exmouth Voice, have now raised £1,250 for the permanent memorial opposite the Cavendish Hotel.
It follows businesses having collection boxes around the town.
The memorial will pay tribute to all those from Exmouth who have died at sea.
Mr Benford said that they were inspired following a conversation with an Exmouth resident, who had lost her son at sea.
She said that there was ‘nowhere’ for the community to ‘think and reflect’.
But now Mr Benford has revealed they are set to unveil the stone and donate the cash to the Fisherman’s Mission because an Exmouth stonemason has agreed to carve the memorial for free.
Mr Benford said: “Because of the generosity of Vince Orchard, from Orchard Memorials, who did the work of placing and preparing the memorial stone for free, we will be able to give the rest of the money raised to the Fisherman’s Mission, a charity that helps support the families of fishermen.”
He added: “We are a proud seafaring town and we felt it was only fitting that Exmouth should have such a memorial on the seafront, somewhere for people to think and reflect.
“Thank you to him – without his generosity this would not have been possible.”
Vince Orchard said: “It was the least I could do. Exmouth needs somewhere to remember those lost at sea.”
The service takes place this Saturday at 11am.