Hus­band’s sad­ness at van­dal­ism

Crime: Me­mo­rial bench smashed

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS - BY RITA CAMP­BELL

A hus­band has spo­ken of his sad­ness af­ter van­dals threw a me­mo­rial bench ded­i­cated to his late wife over a sea wall, smash­ing it to pieces.

But David Hobbs, 62, has thanked the Oban com­mu­nity af­ter he re­ceived an out­pour­ing of sup­port and offers to help fix it.

The bench, with a me­mo­rial plaque to Am­nuai Hobbs, was in­stalled on Cor­ran Es­planade af­ter her sud­den death in 2014 aged 41.

Sit­u­ated across from the Re­gent Hotel over­look­ing the sea, the seat, which took two peo­ple to lift, was thrown over the rail­ings on to the beach, 10ft below.

Mrs Hobbs, who was orig­i­nally from Thai­land, worked as a pub­lic toi­let at­ten­dant at Oban’s North Pier and was a pop­u­lar fig­ure in the town.

Now Fu­sion Ma­rine, which orig­i­nally made the bench for Mr Hobbs, has fixed it free of charge.

Mr Hobbs said: “She used to sit down there in the sum­mer. She worked for the coun­cil and used to do the toi­lets at the North Pier.

“I got it for the peo­ple of Oban be­cause she was so well known and peo­ple in the town loved her. She was a very chirpy kind of per­son and had a very kind heart.”

He added: “On Tues­day I came home and was told the bench had been thrown over the sea wall and bro­ken.

“There were pho­to­graphs on Face­book and I could see it was go­ing to be dif­fi­cult to fix.

“A lo­cal man I don’t know called Davie of­fered to help me and the next morn­ing he and I went down to col­lect it. Fu­sion Ma­rine who made the bench said they would take it away and fix it free of charge, which they did.

“I feel an­gry but I don’t feel any ha­tred to any­one. Am­nuai wasn’t that kind of per­son.

“She didn’t have a bad bone in her body. I would like to think that when the bench is fixed, who­ever did it might put flow­ers on it in­stead of dam­ag­ing it.

“I would like to thank ev­ery­one for all of their sup­port. I have been over­whelmed with all the kind­ness from peo­ple. I will be for­ever grate­ful. Ev­ery­one has been very sup­port­ive.”

A po­lice spokes­woman said in­quiries are con­tin­u­ing and ap­pealed for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call 101.

RE­STORED: James Em­slie, left, from Fu­sion Ma­rine, with David Hobbs on the re­paired bench

The bro­ken bench on the beach

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.