The Mayor of Worthing Cllr Alex Harman would like to thank a member of the public and the Worthing Herald after messages created for Holocaust Memorial Day were discarded from a remembrance tree.
The mayor joined dignitaries and residents for an event in Beach House Park on Saturday which involved a wreath being laid and notes being hung from the dedicated Tree of Life.
But, after a member of the public went to pay their own respects, they found the messages of hope, unity and remembrance had been taken down and left discarded at the foot of the tree.
After contacting the local newspaper, the resident returned the recovered notes to the mayor.
To ensure that everyone can still pay their respects, a display has now been set up in Worthing Town Hall.
Cllr Harman said: “I am proud to say there were a great number of people who turned out to remember not just the Holocaust but all genocides which is testament to the communities of Worthing.
“One person has unfortunately stood against that and I’m shocked and saddened that somebody felt the need to remove the messages from the tree.
“To make sure that everyone can continue to see them, I have arranged for all the recovered messages to be placed on display in the town hall for the rest of the week.
“I want thank the member of the public who alerted us and collected these messages. Without them and the Worthing Herald, we would not be able to carry out this public tribute.”