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Anchor memorial for late Bideford councillor Steve Clarke

By NDJSophie  |  Posted: December 24, 2013

Bideford East- Steve Clarke
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BIDEFORD Sea Cadets have said they are hoping to put a memorial in front of their new building in honour of the late Steve Clarke.

Mr Clarke, who was a member of both Bideford Town Council and Torridge District Council died last week.

He was deeply involved with the Bideford Sea Cadets, and managed to salvage a school’s former science block in Victoria Park for the scouts to use as their new building.

But sadly, Mr Clarke died before the building, known as TS Revenge, could be completed.

Work continues and the centre should be ready at the beginning of 2014.

Bideford Sea Cadets chairman Chris Van Kuffeler said the thought had crossed his mind to name the building after Steve, but Steve’s son Phil, who is now driving the project, and he both agreed the building had always been known as TS Revenge.

He said: “Steve was deeply involved with the Kathleen and May, and there is a spare anchor down at Brunswick Wharf.

“So we are arranging for the anchor to be brought up to the new building, and mounted in front of it with a plaque to form a memorial for Steve.”

Mr Van Kuffeler paid tribute to the work Steve did with the Sea Cadets. He said: “Steve had been a good friend to the Sea Cadets for some years now, and was passionately dedicated to the general plight of young people to ensure a better future for them.

“This project is all but finished, and it is extremely sad that he will not be at the opening of the building.

“Through the years that we have known Steve, it became obvious that one of his goals in life was to leave this world a better place than he received it, and to open the eyes to the needs of others.

“We are sure that his family will continue that quest, and continue to bring light to the world with his memory.”

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