FEARS that major changes could be made to an East Staffordshire war memorial have been quashed.
Rick Nuth (pictured), of the Tutbury War Memorials Preservation Committee, revealed that he was ‘dismayed’ to learn that people in Tutbury had begun to believe proposals were afoot to change the memorial at St Mary’s Priory Church.
However, these rumours were shot down with the group insisting they only wanted to ‘preserve’ not ‘change’.
He said: “We were dismayed to hear that some people in the village are concerned that the committee are planning to change the War Memorial at St. Mary’s Priory Church by adding the names of other ‘Tutbury connected’ First World War and Second World War fallen to the memorial.
“This is not the case – there are no plans or intentions, and never have been, to make any changes to the War Memorial other than those necessary to preserve it for future generations.”
These ‘changes’ will probably be:
· to clean off the lichen which can damage the stonework;
· re-point the stonework;
· replace some earlier repairs that have failed;
· and re-lay the uneven paving around the memorial.
Mr Nuth added: “Whether or not anything will need to be done about the ‘lean’ has yet to be decided by specialists.
“The misunderstanding may have been because the research for the second edition of the Tutbury Book of Remembrance will be looking at other fallen who are not on the Memorial but who had some Tutbury connection.
“The death of these young men will have been felt by people in the village at the time because of this we want their story to be included in the second edition of the book but this does not affect the memorial - the 47 First World War and 13 Second world War names on the memorial will remain as they are as far as the committee is concerned.
The memorial was erected in May 1920.
Anyone with any concerns about what the committee is doing should call 01283 810166.