Summer target for new Isles of Scilly war memorial
A NEW war memorial could be in place by the summer.
The memorial will be a subsidiary to the main one at Old Town Churchyard and located in Hugh Town's park which is more central and accessible than the existing monument.
Planning permission was last year granted to the man behind the scheme, Edward 'Smudge' Smith, a former RAF serviceman.
"The site has been approved, contractor Mark Wright has agreed to build it and a firm is being sought to make a bronze plaque with the names of the fallen," said Mr Smith.
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"The task of raising funding for the project will soon begin."
The annual post-Armistice Sunday procession up and over the hill to Old Town to lay wreaths has been found increasingly difficult by the islands' elderly.
The new central alternative, long talked about, is now to be a reality.
The New War Memorial Fund committee is Mr Smith, former Army man David Duncan, Julia Day, treasurer, John Goody and Colin Mumford.
"Should more be raised than the cost of the structure the Royal British Legion standards – outdated and in very poor state of repair – will be replaced," said Mr Smith.
It is hoped the new memorial will be dedicated before the August centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.