Collection box returns to Weymouth quayside

Lifeboats News Release

As RNLI collection boxes go, an old world war two mine must rank as amongst the most unusual.

The mine back in place

RNLI/Ken Francis

The refurbished mine outside Bennet's Fish and Chip shop

A German mine dating from the Second World War which has been a familiar landmark in Weymouth outside the King's Arms on Trinity Road as a charity collection point for the RNLI has just had a major overhaul.

It is believed to have been sited there since the time of the Queen's Coronation in 1953.

In 2012 the mine was stolen from the quay and rolled away to a nearby alley where the thieves got away with an unknown amount of money

In the summer of 2019 it was moved to the Nothe Tavern pub by the former pub operators.

An article in the local Dorset Echo reported the story about how Weymouth business owner and diver Grahame Knott, who runs a company involved in protecting marine heritage – Deeper Dorset, got involved in restoring and relocating the mine due to it being "part of the area's maritime history". "That is what Deeper Dorset is all about," he added.

Mr Knott said that he and two other men - Mark Bennett of Bennett's Fish and Chips and Kevin Strickland, landlord of The Boot pub, clubbed together to pay for the mine to be repaired before being reinstated on the quay. As well as being given a makeover it also has a new brass plaque.

The mine is now back on Trinity Street outside Bennet's Fish and Chip shop, now chained to the wall for extra security, where it will continue collecting money for the RNLI.

The mine collection box

RNLI/Ken Francis

The mine collection box

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