UPSET villagers have called for the return of a brass commemorative plaque stolen from the spot in Combe Martin where it marked the start of a record-breaking street party. In 2002, thousands of people took to the two-mile long village street to celebrate
UPSET villagers have called for the return of a brass commemorative plaque stolen from the spot in Combe Martin where it marked the start of a record-breaking street party.In 2002, thousands of people took to the two-mile long village street to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.Plaques were installed to mark the beginning and end of the event, which made it into the Guinness Book of Records for the longest UK street party.Now someone has taken the plaque from the top of the village, where it had been mounted outside the former London Inn, leaving only the mahogany base behind.It was unveiled after the party by the then parish council chairman Councillor Peter Spencer and its seaside counterpart is fixed outside the Royal Marine pub in a far more visible location and has so far remained untouched.Devastated organisers are assuming the 18 by 12 inch plaque was taken for whatever scrap value it might possess."We just want it back," said Leisa Cohen, who helped organise the party."It's pretty heartbreaking after all that work all those people put in and all the money they raised, including to have the plaques done - and then someone comes along and steals it."I just couldn't believe it and it's not often I am speechless!"We would just like it back, even if it was left somewhere anonymously. If anyone has it, or knows where it might be, please get in touch with us or the Gazette."The street party generated nationwide publicity and featured some 700 tables, plus live bands, games, bouncy castles and refreshments, with the numbers of revellers estimated at between 5,000-8,000. The road was closed for around five-and-a-half hours.In 2012 organisers had hoped to re-create it for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee."There has been a great deal of interest in the village about holding another," said Leisa."But right now we'd just like to get this plaque returned to us."If you know where the plaque is, please contact Leisa Cohen on (01271) 883626 or if you prefer, the Gazette on (01271) 341628, or email email@example.com Anyone with any information about the theft itself can contact the police on 008452 777444.