CHARD NEWS: Plaque unveiled in memory of Sgt Bernie Swatton
A COMMEMORATIVE plaque was unveiled earlier this month in memory of a popular former Chard police officer.
Sgt Bernie Swatton was dedicated to Chard and the surrounding area and walked the beat from March 1980 to October 1998.
An online JustGiving page was launched by local councillor and bookshop owner, Amanda Broom, to raise the money necessary to pay for a simple tribute in honour of Sgt Swatton.
The £200 target was quickly reached and the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Andy Marsh, and Sgt Swatton’s wife Gill were on hand to unveil the plaque at Chard Museum on Saturday, February 17, 2018.
A police spokesman said: “It was a great event in Chard to celebrate the life and work of Sgt Bernie Swatton who gave true service to his community.
“A huge thanks from us at Chard Police Station to Amanda Broom for doing the hard yards in organising and fundraising.”
Sgt Swatton died peacefully at home on April 7, 2016, at the age of 71.
Amanda said she would like to thank everyone who donated to the project.
PHOTO - TOP: Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset, Andy Marsh, and Gill Swatton at Chard Museum on Saturday, February 17, 2017, unveiling the plaque in memory of Sgt Bernie Swatton.
PHOTO - ABOVE: The plaque in memory of Sgt Bernie Swatton. Photos courtesy of Twitter.
PHOTO - ABOVE: Sgt Bernie Swatton who died in April 2016 at the age of 71.