The £1,000 commemorative plaque was put up in memory of the 12 innocent people gunman Derrick Bird killed during his shooting spree on June 2, 2010. It also remembers those who were injured and affected by the event.
But villager Brenda Parsons is annoyed that it has been done so “distastefully” and “without compassion.”
“We think it is horrendous,” said Mrs Parsons, 74. “Not only the wording, which sounds like it’s celebrating the shootings, but by the plaque being put underneath a cannon. It just absolutely beggars belief.”
Her South Parade house overlooks the historic castle where the plaque has been positioned. She is upset as she said she doesn’t want a constant reminder of the pain the village went through during that time.
“The community of Seascale was deeply traumatised by what happened and they just want to forget. There has been trees planted and seats donated to remember the victims – surely that’s enough. With the plaque saying West Cumbria Shootings in large letters, it’s as if it was an event to be proud of. We just think it’s in such bad taste.” (More)