Great response to appeal over plaque for memorial

Morpeth town councillor David Clark at the site of the King Edward VI School war memorial.
Morpeth town councillor David Clark at the site of the King Edward VI School war memorial.

More than £600 has been raised so far for an appeal to help replace a stolen war memorial plaque in Morpeth.

The bronze plate, inscribed with the names of students and teachers who died during the First World War, was jimmied off and stolen from the King Edward VI School site last month.

After hearing of the news, former KEVI pupils who are still involved with school associations started an online appeal to raise money to help with its replacement.

One of those involved, Coun David Clark, said he is ‘fairly confident’ that he will be able to give the school a cheque for somewhere in the region of £1,000.

He added: “My faith in human nature has been partly restored by the generosity of KEVI Old Boys and Girls from the local area, all over the UK and different parts of the world.

“I was most touched when I received a cheque from an Old Boy who attended the school during World War II and must be almost 90.

“He actually knew many of the names on the memorial – his form was taught by the only two staff members remembered on it.

“As well as being sickened by the theft, the news also caused him great personal upset.

“I hope whoever did this moronic act feels disgusted with themselves.”

Morpeth north county councillor David Bawn said: “What has been very heartening is the response of many members of the community who through the Morpeth Matters Facebook page have expressed solidarity with the school and put their hands in their pockets to help the school replace such an important memorial.

“The online page is still operative and I urge Morpeth residents to donate to this cause and show these criminals we respect the sacrifice of previous generations, even if they don’t.”

To make a donation, visit www.gofundme.com/ue4h763w