Worksop: Golf mates ‘livid’ after friends’ memorial benches stolen

Stolen bench
Stolen bench

Golfers are ‘livid’ at the brazen theft of two memorial benches from their course in Worksop.

The seats were bought to commemorate two well known and loved figures who had been involved with Worksop Golf Club - Tommy Coleman and Alan Johnson.

Stolen bench

Stolen bench

They were swiped from their position, overlooking the first tee, overnight between Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th April.

The theft has been reported to the police.

“Someone spotted they were missing this morning,” said the club’s secretary manager Alan Mansbridge on Tuesday.

“One of them was even chained to the fence. It had only been there for four months. The other is a few years old.”

“We can’t understand why or how anyone could take them - these benches are heavy.”

“They were bought after the members had a whip round because they wanted something to remember their friends by.”

“Tommy Coleman was a recent member who died last year and Alan Johnson was a former club captain who died in 2002.”

A plaque on Tommy’s bench reads: “In memory of Tommy Coleman. A truly great friend. From the Scarborough boys of 2012”.

Said Alan: “This is a really heartless crime. The plaque will probably be torn off and the bench placed in someone’s garden.”

“I have spoken to his mates and they are absolutely livid. Tommy’s death is so recent.”

Alan said the bench cost about £500 to buy.

“It’s not about the value. It’s more the sentimental value.”

“These lads thought it would be nice to have a place they could sit, overlooking the first tee and remember their recently deceased mate. Now they can’t.”

“I hope someone reads this and recognised the bench. Maybe it will prick their conscience and they will bring it back or tell us where it is.”

If you know anything about the benches or where they are call Notts Police on 101 or the golf club on 01909 477731.