THURROCK Council has teamed up with local community groups to replace plaques stolen from the War Memorial in Purfleet – a theft exclusively revealed by the Thurrock Independent.
The plaques, inscribed with the names of the town’s fallen heroes in conflicts around the globe were stolen from St Stephen’s Church in March.
Community groups including St Stephen’s Church, Purfleet on Thames Community Forum and Purfleet Heritage Centre worked with the council to ensure the monument was restored in time for Remembrance events.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: “I am delighted that the memorial honouring our fallen Purfleet heroes will be returned to its former glory.
“It is unthinkable to comprehend why someone would vandalise and steal such a significant tribute to not only those from Thurrock who sacrificed their lives for us but the millions of others who bravely and courageously served the country.
“In true Thurrock style the community have pulled together to ensure the plaques are restored in time for Remembrance Sunday.”
Demus Lee, a warden at St Stephen’s Church, said: “Many thanks to Thurrock Council, Madstone Ltd and all involved for the magnificent support given to replacing the plaques. This is a fine example of how a well-meaning community can work together for the common good.”
The annual remembrance service in Purfleet, which takes place this coming weekend (Sunday 3 November), is the traditional start to tributes held across the borough through November.