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People are being asked for their views on plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War with temporary plaques at the town’s war memorial.

The Stamford branch of the Royal British Legion, Stamford Town Council and Stamford-based Art Pop-Up are planning to hold a series of events to commemorate the centenary.

Part of this is a proposal to produce a series of plaques, each of which will commemorate the centenary of a battle or major action involving the Lincolnshire Regiment. Each plaque will carry the name and date of the battle.

The group is proposing to fix each plaque, as the centenaries occur, to the railings around the war memorial in Broad Street, Stamford. Over the four years the plaques will accumulate, giving an impression of the mounting sacrifice year by year during the Great War.

The first will commemorate the Battle of Mons (August 23 and 24, 1914) and the subsequent retreat. The last will, probably, mark the battle of the Sambre on November 4, 1918, a week before the Armistice.

The total could be up to 120 plaques over the four years.

Steve Bonde, from the legion, said the plaques would be “tasteful, dignified and certainly not triumphal”.

He said: “We recognise that people are rightly sensitive about any changes to the war memorial or doing anything which could be construed as a lack of respect.

“We share those concerns and anything we do to the war memorial in these next four years will be tasteful and with proper respect to those whose names are inscribed there.

“We shall submit the design of the plaques, once we have it, to veterans’ groups and to others for their approval, but meanwhile we welcome the thoughts and views of members of the public on these proposals.”

He said, regretably, there would not be enough room on the war memorial railings to commeorate all the battles fought by other units.

After four years, the plaques will be used to create an obelisk, which the group hopes to install in the niche below the steps on the war memorial.

To give your views on the proposals contact Mr Bonde on 01780 757041 or e-mail srbonde@hotmail.com.

 

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