The mystery of Saddam Hussein’s Wanstead bench

Mystery surrounds a plaque on a bench outside Oxfam on Wanstead High Street which apparently has been put there in memory of Saddam Hussein.

The plaque appears to be a fake, rather than commemorating someone who happened to have the same name, as it appears to be new. The dates are correct for the former Iraqi dictator.

Discussions on Wanstead Community Hub about the sign got heated, with some people saying it was deeply offensive. Others simply took it as a joke. Some noticed that the screws holding the plaque to the bench are anti-theft screws which cannot be removed without a special tool.

Wansteadium has contacted Redbridge council to ask them to check if the plaque is in fact genuine.

Update 12.45: Now the Independent (yes, the Independent) is on the case too.

2 Comments on "The mystery of Saddam Hussein’s Wanstead bench"


  1. I think you’ll find that the post on WCH has been deleted. The moment a debate gets interesting on WCH the administrator censors it. I didn’t read any insults or bad language so why delete it?


    1. The moderation on WCH is very arbitrary and uneven handed – the group has become a bit of a joke amongst many residents of Wanstead. The debate didn’t get heated at all and was all pretty well mannered, from what I read it was just a difference of opinion. Oh well, back to multiple posts about lost and found cats, misplaced smugness, multiple photos of extensions (see smugness) and outrage about some inconsequential stuff.

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