Memorial plaques are usually inscribed with a dedication and the reason why the area was cherished by a loved one – but a bench spotted by a walker contained a very different message
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A walker was forced to do a double take after spotting that a plaque on a ‘memorial bench’ was actually a husband using the opportunity to poke fun at his wife.
The benches are usually found in places of natural beauty, featuring an inscription that gives the name of the person the bench has been dedicated to, the years they were alive, and the reason why they cherished the area.
But it seems one man named Dave paid for a memorial bench to mourn a very different type of loss – and the image has gone viral after being posted on Reddit’s CasualUK forum.
It shows a bench with a gold plaque, which reads: “In loving memory of my wife’s sense of reason. Last seen after we got married in 2006. Sadly missed. Dave.”
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It was shared with the caption: “Decided to actually read the plaque on my favourite bench today. Was not disappointed.”
One person loved the idea and was tempted to pay for their own memorial bench, replying to say: “I need one to commemorate the anniversary of the death of my ex’s sense of accountability.”
A second joked: “She married ‘Dave’. Her sense of reasoning couldn’t have been that good.”
And a third added: “Imagine spending money on this.”
It’s not the first time memorial plaques have thrown up unexpected messages, after someone else with a similar sense of humour added a dedication to a bench in Margate.
It read: ‘Dedicated to Hayden Kays. Forever missed by his friends and family – He’s not dead yet. He’s just become increasingly anti-social.’
And people shared other plaques they had spotted themselves, with one writing: “In the middle of Crystal Palace Park there’s a fenced off private fishing pond. On a bench right outside, there’s one dedicated to a woman who ‘took pleasure in annoying the fishermen by feeding the ducks’.”
“There was one in Brighton years ago that said something like ‘Gary Smith made his first s***tily rolled spliff here, March 1995’.”