New plaques thanks to kindheart Carol

Delight: Ken Knowles attaches the new plastic plaques to the bench under Albert Promenade

Delight: Ken Knowles attaches the new plastic plaques to the bench under Albert Promenade

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A devastated husband who had three plaques stolen from a memorial bench has had them replaced – thanks to a generous donation.

Ken Knowles had been looking after the bench on the footpath under Albert Promenade for 30 years since the passing of his father-in-law, Ralph.

After his mother-in-law Majorie and wife Christine also died, Ken added stainless steel plaques on the bench in their memory.

But he was left sickened when he visited the bench last month to find the plaques stolen.

“I really didn’t know what to do when I found the plaques had been taken,” Ken said.

“I just didn’t know who would do such a terrible thing.” Ken appealed for help in finding the plaques through the Courier and was stunned when he was contacted by Carol Mallas of laser engraving firm HX5 Designs.

“Carol got in touch, told me where she was from and said they would like to replace the plaques for free,” said Ken.

“I was absolutely thrilled when she made that offer and I said I would love to take her up on it.

“It’s a generous offer and it’s fantastic that someone out there is prepared to help out people who have had items taken.”

Ken said he will make a donation to charity as a thank you for the new plastic plaques, which have now been fixed to the bench.

“Hopefully these ones won’t be taken,” said Ken.

Carol said HX5 Designs had helped several people who had precious memorial plaques stolen. “These thieves seem to have no moral conscience about these items which mean a great deal to the families involved. We’re just glad we could help,” Carol said.