Memorial benches are usually placed in the favoured spots of those who have passed on to allow others to sit back and enjoy a corner of the earth they once cherished.
They’re often found in parks or other places of natural beauty, and feature plaques giving the name of the person the bench has been dedicated to and the reason why they loved the area.
It’s often quite easy to skim over or completely ignore the inscriptions, but one walker was forced to do a double take when looking at a plaque on a bench in Margate recently.
It reads: ‘Dedicated to Hayden Kays. Forever missed by his friends and family – He’s not dead yet. He’s just become increasingly anti-social.’
The image was shared on Reddit with the caption: ‘Found this on a bench in Margate at the weekend’ and racked up more than 100 comments as people added similar messages they had found.
One replied: “In the middle of Crystal Palace Park there’s a fenced off private fishing pond. On a bench right outside, there’s one dedicated to a woman who ‘took pleasure in annoying the fishermen by feeding the ducks’.”
And a second wrote: “There was one in Brighton years ago that said something like ‘Gary Smith made his first s***tily rolled spliff here, March 1995’.”
Others were left chuckling at the message in ‘memory’ of Hayden, as one pointed out: “How ominous is that ‘yet’ though.”
And someone else joked: “I need my name on a plaque like that. Dating back to before the pandemic.”
People from the area appeared to work out who might be behind the plaque, with many attributing it to artist Hayden Kays, with one saying his work is “often political and pretty satirical”.
One commented: “Hayden Kays is an artist and he is based in Margate. I think he likely paid for it himself,” while another speculated: “I’m sure it’s not official. Hayden does things like this all the time.”