Guy Gibson VC
Guy Gibson VC, who is he? Well he is a son of Porthleven. Born in India, but his mother was a born and bred Porthleven-er. He was a damn good pilot too, who led a squadron of equally exceptional pilots and aircrew in a raid against 3 dams during World War Two.
At last nights Porthleven Town Council meeting there was an item that I and Dick Powell had asked for. This was to discuss the possibility of a better monument than what is currently well hidden in the cemetery behind St Barts Church. To be honest you almost trip over it trying to find it as its not the easiest thing to find. It’s quite surprising how many people do actually come looking for it. When I owned a shop many people came in asking for direction. Many of those were Dutch.
It was felt that this was a good idea to look at something better and more fitting. One idea that met with a lot of approval was a large plaque in granite/metal to be placed on the iconic Bickford-Smith Institute. The two seem almost matched. A Mr. Vic Strike who is an expert on Gibson, and who also lives in Porthleven came along to the meeting. He was fully supportive of this course of action.
The Council voted to form a small working group (of 4) to look into various ideas and consult with the public. Vic Strike was also invited (and accepted) to sit on this working group. I know we have a street named after him, but I do believe this idea of a plaque is a worthy and fitting idea for such a person.