Long Sutton sculpture projects in doubt after memorial plaque is stolen from churchyard
Future sculpture projects to commemorate the area’s history could be put in jeopardy following the theft of a memorial plaque.
Long Sutton Civic Society members are ‘disgusted’ that someone has prised a plaque to commemorate town historians Frank Robinson and his son Bruce from a tree in Long Sutton Churchyard.
Members are now re-evaluating their plans to install a sculpture to honour The Wash Guides and a small memorial for American airmen at Lutton.
Chairman Tim Machin fears that the plaque may have been stolen for a small amount of scrap value.
He said: “This is the equivalent of stealing a grave stone or removing a war memorial.
“It is disgusting. For the value of the plaque can only be a small number of pennies so I cannot understand why people would destroy a memorial of its kind.”
The bronze alloy plaque was unveiled in July 2019 to honour the Robinson family for their work in recording the town’s history.
Journalist and writer Bruce had worked with the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian.
Mr Machin said the plaque had been fixed to the tree trunk in the churchyard, where Frank is buried, with anti-tamper fixings.
Unfortunately it appears that someone has prised the plaque off the tree as a screw remains in tree.
Mr Machin said: “We have to re-evaluating our plans. Our next big project is for a large metal sculpture on the Common Pit but is it going to be worth it if someone is going to come down with an angle grinder.”
The society was hoping to put up a sculpture to honour the Wash Guides, who had a Royal warrant to guide travellers over Cross Keys Wash before the first bridge was built in 1830.
A memorial in Lutton to honour six American airman who died in a crash is also planned.