Portsmouth stonemason attends Stephen Lawrence’s memorial service

TRIBUTE Elaine Cobb
TRIBUTE Elaine Cobb
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A PORTSMOUTH stonemason who cleaned and regilded the memorial plaque of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, attended a memorial service in his honour.

Elaine Cobb, who runs The Stone Shop, in Tangier Road, Baffins, was among guests at a commemorative service in honour of Stephen – the 18-year-old was murdered in a racist attack as he waited for a bus in London, in April 1993.

The Portsmouth stonemasonry first donated a memorial plaque when the original was vandalised beyond repair in 1996.

And over the past 17 years, yobs have chipped and poured paint and flammable liquids on the pavement tribute at the spot where the teenager was killed.

In preparation for the 20th anniversary of Stephen’s death, Elaine cleaned and regilded the memorial plaque.

She said: ‘Stuart Lawrence, Stephen’s brother, moved me to tears during the service.

‘It was a time to reflect, to cry, to laugh and to be inspired.

‘I will continue my pledge to care for Stephen’s memorial stone.’