Stonemason steps in to replace stolen Hoddlesden benches

Blackburn Citizen: Coun Julie Slater with Brent Stephenson whose company has made the new benches for Hoddlesden war memorial Coun Julie Slater with Brent Stephenson whose company has made the new benches for Hoddlesden war memorial

BENCHES that were stolen from next to a village war memorial have been replaced.

The benches went missing from Hoddlesden war memorial last September.

But stonemason Brent Stevenson stepped in to replace them free of charge.

The new benches, which are made out of granite, have been installed facing towards the memorial, whereas the original benches were facing away.

They have also been engraved with the words: “As I sit here weary and tired and feeling old, I look up and remember they will never grow old.”

Another message says: “As I sit here in Hoddlesden and watch the sun go down, I know everyone here will always remember them. 100-year anniversary 1914 - 2014”.

Coun Julie Slater, who represents the village on Blackburn with Darwen Council, said everyone in the village was very grateful to Mr Stevenson.

She said: “I am delighted. We have waited for them for quite a while and they are now in place for the First World War anniversary.

“We cannot thank Brent enough for replacing them.

“They are really nice and we like the verses engraved on them.

“Brent deserves a community award for all he has done in the area.”

The benches went missing at the same time as one was stolen from outside the home of David Graham, which was a memorial to his son, David.

Mr Stevenson also replaced that bench free of charge.

He said: “We are always on the lookout for projects like this as I like to give something back to the community. A lot of people were saying they looked really nice, so they have gone down very well.”

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6:44pm Tue 18 Mar 14

camel says...

10/10 to Mr Stevenson for replacing the benches at his own cost, I only hope that the low life scum which we have in our society realise what this year is all about and they don't do anything silly again like removing the new benches, you see Scum, when you do this kind of action you are not doing it to the good people of Hoddlesdon or the surrounding area you are doing to the brave Lads of East Lancashire who went off nearly one hundred years ago so we could hopefully all get on together in this world, but that is just a no-no with the likes of you, I hope that you made a few quid out of it or even better you are sat on them having a laugh about what you have done, you should be ashamed of your selves but then again I doubt it,
10/10 to Mr Stevenson for replacing the benches at his own cost, I only hope that the low life scum which we have in our society realise what this year is all about and they don't do anything silly again like removing the new benches, you see Scum, when you do this kind of action you are not doing it to the good people of Hoddlesdon or the surrounding area you are doing to the brave Lads of East Lancashire who went off nearly one hundred years ago so we could hopefully all get on together in this world, but that is just a no-no with the likes of you, I hope that you made a few quid out of it or even better you are sat on them having a laugh about what you have done, you should be ashamed of your selves but then again I doubt it, camel
  • Score: 5

7:38pm Tue 18 Mar 14

teech55 says...

There are 'tea leaves' in every community who just see an item and think "I could use/sell that" and then just take it, disregarding the owner. I went to my garden plot on Monday morning to discover that some scrotes had relieved me of my fire pit!!! It was about 5 years old, rusty and only used annually to have a small bonfire for my grandkids and kids on November 5th. Why? 1) Scrap value? Doubt it as it was mild steel and not very heavy. Other plotholders had cast iron chimineas and they didn't go! 2) Something to use as a barbeque - again doubt it. There were three plots with barbeques on and they were not touched! I just hope that the thieving gits light their first fire with damp wood (remember they are brainless morons), use some petrol they have probably syphoned from another poor victim, to get the fire going and burn their faces off! Toe-rags.
There are 'tea leaves' in every community who just see an item and think "I could use/sell that" and then just take it, disregarding the owner. I went to my garden plot on Monday morning to discover that some scrotes had relieved me of my fire pit!!! It was about 5 years old, rusty and only used annually to have a small bonfire for my grandkids and kids on November 5th. Why? 1) Scrap value? Doubt it as it was mild steel and not very heavy. Other plotholders had cast iron chimineas and they didn't go! 2) Something to use as a barbeque - again doubt it. There were three plots with barbeques on and they were not touched! I just hope that the thieving gits light their first fire with damp wood (remember they are brainless morons), use some petrol they have probably syphoned from another poor victim, to get the fire going and burn their faces off! Toe-rags. teech55
  • Score: 3

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