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Memorial staff 'honoured' to replace stolen statue




The kindness of a memorial company has shone through after it replaced a stolen statue which stood at a toddler’s grave for 86 years.

Jenny Brand, of Swaffham Prior, discovered that the statue on her brother Owen Hubbard’s grave had been wrenched from its plinth at Walsham-le-Willows cemetery between August and October.

After the Bury Free Press reported the statue had been stolen, Jon Maddocks, memorial manager for Anglia Memorials, got in touch with Jenny to say he wanted to help.

David Murray from Walsham-le-Willows neighbourhood watch, Jenny Brand, Jon Maddocks, Memorial Manager of Anglia Memorials and David Allison, Business from Anglia Memorials. Picture by Mecha Morton
David Murray from Walsham-le-Willows neighbourhood watch, Jenny Brand, Jon Maddocks, Memorial Manager of Anglia Memorials and David Allison, Business from Anglia Memorials. Picture by Mecha Morton

The statue bore significance as it was a child holding a bunch of flowers – commemorating the last walk Jenny’s parents had with Owen, gathering primroses.

Owen died aged two from diabetes in 1932.

Jon said: “It took a little while, with the significance of the flowers – we wanted to replicate that.”

As well as providing a new statue, Anglia Memorials has removed and renovated the whole grave, cleaned it and laid gravel, installed a new vase and built a new foundation so the statue is more secure.

Jenny said: “I just couldn’t believe it. I was so overwhelmed.

“I found last year a hard and depressing year with my son’s baby being stillborn.

“Jon and I met in January and then it just went from there. It’s fantastic, they researched it [the statue] and found it.”

Jenny and her family initially contacted David Murray, Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator in the village, to try to trace the statue.

After Jon saw the article he contacted David, who put him in touch with Jenny.

Jon, who lives in Barnham, said: “It was an honour to help, and really nice, especially with sometimes the way the world is, to bring a little bit of happiness to someone.”

Jenny added: “I’m just so grateful and humbled that anyone can take it on and do it.

“This world is so cruel and for people to take this on is such a lovely thing. My family is as overwhelmed as I am. They said it was fantastic.

“Especially my younger son, who lost a child in February, 2018.”



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