Memorial Bench installed for Barry Teenager

A memorial bench has been installed at a Barry beach in tribute to a teenager who recently tragically lost his life in the town.

The bench featuring a memorial plaque, in tribute to “Morgan Ackerman” has been installed at the Jackson’s Bay beach in Barry.

The teenager, was accidentally hit by a taxi, in a spot at the Witchell which is notorious for accidents and near misses.

A temporary memorial site for flowers has been in use since the teenager lost his life but it is now hoped that visitors will use the memorial bench instead.

The bench, which is owned by the port authority ABP, was refurbished by local charity worker Sue Eldridge to an excellent standard at no cost.

During refurbishment, a local Councillor put out a request for support to install a memorial plaque – Due to the kind generosity of both the Laundry Rooms in Barry and Councillor Richard Bertin, enough money was put together to pay for a plaque.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council Parks department then had the plaque inscribed with the words requested by his mother Leanne Owens and installed it again at no cost.

It is now hoped the new Mayor of Barry will officially unveil the plaque after the May local Council Elections.

Morgan’s Mother Leanne is most grateful to all who helped manage to get the memorial bench in memory of her son.

Ms Owens said: ” I would like to say a big thank you to all those who have been involved in getting this memorial bench in memory of my son Morgan.

I can now sit at this lovely location with such beautiful views and have some wonderful memories.”

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