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Memorial issue prompts talk of new monument

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 21, 2014

21/04/14 Stapenhill War Memorial
Stapenhill War Memorial

21/04/14 Stapenhill War Memorial Stapenhill War Memorial

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PROPOSALS to relocate and update the war memorial in Stapenhill have been turned down by councillors, who said the monument should remain in its ‘historic timeframe’.

Brizlincote Parish Council said the memorial should stay in its traditional spot, on the traffic island near St Peter’s Bridge, despite concerns it is inaccessible for people wishing to pay their respects, and worries it fails to recognise those who lost their lives after the end of the Second World War.

However, in refusing the idea of moving the old monument, discussions took place around erecting a piece of modern art to commemorate people who have died in service in more recent decades.

The suggestion to move the 1920s monument was put forward by Councillor Jim Muir, who said’ ‘time has overtaken the memorial in this location.

“Can anybody seriously go and stand quietly for a few minutes and think about what it represents, and has it been updated? People didn’t stop dying in duty years ago.

“I don’t think it serves a purpose other than as something on which we concentrate one day a year,” he added.

Though the memorial is in Stapenhill, it marks the contribution of many of the soldiers from Brizlincote who gave their lives.

Councillor Graham Lomas, one of the councillors who researched the relocation, said he thought it should remain in place for historic reasons, but suggested a new memorial.

The War Memorials Trust advises that monuments should remain in their original position.

Councillor Kay Sherratt said: “If it’s a war memorial, it’s a focus of remembrance for everyone who has fallen in the duty of their country. It exists in an historic timeframe, and should stay there.”

However, she suggested commissioning a piece of modern art to mark other conflicts.

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