Hundreds of people gathered to witness the unveiling of three steel Tommy Silhouettes in the town’s War Memorial Gardens.
After a campaign by Mike Rubery, Secretary of the Bridlington Royal Naval Association – along with publicity from the Echo, the £3000 target was raised in a matter of weeks.
Said Mike: “The Royal British Legion and RNA would like to thank everyone for their generous donations. Thanks also to Cllr Margaret Chadwick, Bridlington Tourism Association President and President Bob Hillery and Vice President Paul Cooper. Also we are grateful to Cliff Wilson, a WW2 veteran submariner, from Buddies in Boats and Sean Frow (a cold war submarine veteran) for unveiling each of the Tommies.”
The third Tommy was purchased from funds raised from the public and well-wishers. Local building contractor Pete Smurthwaite provided the workers to our the concrete bases in place.
Added Mike: “Everyone in Bridlington can be proud of their contributions to ensure that those men from Bridlington who never returned from the Great War will always be remembered.”