War hero memorials approved

A PORTISHEAD war hero will be remembered in style after two proposals for memorials were approved.

Tommy Broom, who died last year at the age of 96, survived more than 80 missions over hostile skies during World War Two and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross three times.

After his death, members of the community called for a memorial bench to be installed at the top of Roath Road in the town, the site where Tommy was born.

However, a row broke out and plans for the bench were shelved after people living close by objected on the grounds that it could attract antisocial behaviour.

It has now been agreed that a large stone displaying a memorial plaque will be installed on the site, as a tribute and permanent memory to the war hero.

In addition, plans to name a new army and air cadet centre in Portishead after the squadron leader, have also received approval.

Portishead resident Mike Spencer spoke at the July town council meeting to confirm that Wessex Reserve Forces and Cadets Association is currently seeking funding to build a new cadets facility on the current site in Station Road.

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Mr Spencer, who became friends with Mr Brook after delivering daily papers to the Broom family home when he was a teenager, sought and gained approval from the association, for the facility to be named after Tommy.

Tommy’s daughter Mary-Ann Iles said: “I am delighted that the plaque is to be installed in Roath Road to remember my dad and his achievements, although he would always say not to make a fuss. I am also very proud that the cadet building will be named after him.”

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