Memorial plaque for former Cleethorpes mayor Gladys Nuttall stolen from graveside
THE family of former Cleethorpes mayor Gladys Nuttall are devastated after thieves stole a brass plaque from her grave.
Mrs Nuttall, who died a year ago aged 85, was a renowned and popular businesswoman who ran beach donkey rides in the resort.
Her family erected a plaque at her grave in Cleethorpes Cemetery, and it was stolen just 24 hours later, on Saturday.
The thieves struck just days after a life-size statue of a donkey was erected on the seafront in Mrs Nuttall's memory.
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The theft from the graveside has left her widower Stanley and the family deeply upset.
Daughter Jane Micallef said her dad, 89, had visited the grave the day before the theft to leave flowers. By the following day, the plaque was gone.
Jane said: "How can anyone do that? We have read in the Grimsby Telegraph about people vandalising graves, but stealing from a grave is appalling.
"After everything she has done for the town, we are devastated.
"We are convinced it has been taken for scrap metal and will be melted down.
"They must be heartless to do something like this. Whoever took it has to know who she was."
Stanley said: "It has really upset us all. I can't believe anyone could do anything like that. The plaque has her name on it, so they would clearly see who it was for." Mrs Nuttall, who was the mayor of Cleethorpes between 1988 and 1989, passed away last August at Grimsby's Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital.
Along with Stanley – better known as Buster – she ran Nuttall's donkey rides on Cleethorpes beach until poor health forced them to hand the business over to son John, 54, partner Michelle, 37, and grandson Edward, 19.