Number Plate Stories
A special way to remember loved ones
By Ruby Speechley
When a loved one dies, what options are there to remember them beyond the usual gravestone? For some people, choosing a personal number plate with the deceased’s name or initials means that they have a memorial that the whole family can see and draw comfort from every day.
When Sharon McKenna’s husband Frank died of cancer, she and their daughters, Anthea, Nicole and Veronica, wanted to find a special way to cherish his memory. They came up with the idea of buying a personal number plate with his name on. An extensive search led them to find F12 ANK. “This plate really fulfils our wishes,” said Sharon, “we’ve never had number plates before, but having this permanent tribute to Frank’s memory is very comforting. It will be kept in the family now and passed down to our daughters.”
Frank ran a successful hair dye business called La Riche and was even credited for inventing the famous 1980’s Directions hair colours. His favourite car was his Aston Martin. “A friend of ours painted a picture of it onto the wheel cover of our Mitsubishi Shogun. Everyone around here knew Frank and many have commented on how pleased they are to see him remembered in this way. He was a very special man.”
Likewise, Nichola Dix found that after her husband Bob died, buying a personal number plate was a way of easing the pain. “It was a terrible shock when he passed away. He was only 56 years old.” A dedicated Divisional Fire Officer, Bob risked his life every day. He was also a keen footballer, playing in the National Fire Service team. A trophy in his name is now awarded every year at the Service Cup Final.
“The idea for buying a number plate came to me the day before the funeral,” said Nichola, “I had the number plate BOB 1 made, to lay in his coffin. He’d often considered buying a plate like that to show off with! Not long after, I bought N100 BOB. Seeing it on my car every day brings me such comfort. I come out of work and it’s like he is there waiting for me. Our sons and I miss him terribly. I know I can’t bring him back, but at least when I’m driving my car it is as though he is still with me.”