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Peace Pole will help remember war dead in grounds of Darby and Joan Hall in Bourne

Bourne Town Councillors have voted to erect a ‘Peace Pole’ in the remembrance gardens, in front of the Darby and Joan Hall.

Town Clerk Ian Sismey told last week’s full meeting of Bourne Town Council: “We feel this is the correct place for this ‘Peace Pole’ to be erected.

“It has been very kindly donated to the town by the local Rotary Club, and will take pride of place just in front of the Darby and Joan Hall where it can be seen and be used.”

Charles Sharpe (9200872)
Charles Sharpe (9200872)

Coun Phil Knowles asked: “Will there be enough room for it be used as a functioning pole that can be danced around?”

Mr Sismey replied: “Yes, we’ve measured it and there is just enough room for it to be used in that way.”

He continued: “We also have the distinction of finding appropriate names of for two new apartment blocks that are being built on Wherry’s Lane.

“The names suggested are ‘Aubers House’ and ‘Ridge House’, in deference to Corporal Charles Sharpe VC, who won the Victoria Cross at the Battle of Aubers Ridge in May 1915.”

However, Coun Mark Overland had concerns: “I understand the sentiment Mr Chairman, but somehow splitting up the two words just doesn’t sit right with me.

“We could call one building ‘Aubers Ridge House’ and the other something else, perhaps ‘Charles Sharp House’, but ‘Aubers House’ and ‘Ridge House’ somehow doesn’t seem right.”

After consideration, the councillors decided to think on the matter further, and will come to a decision at the next full council meeting in May.

The memorial gardens in the centre of Bourne off South Street, are very well kept with beautiful pathways, wreathes on either side commemorate those regiments in which Bourne soldiers served.

Charles Sharpe was a farmer’s boy from Pickworth, near Bourne, who ran away from home to join the army aged 16. Despite injury, he served 25 years in the army before returning to Lincolnshire. He died in 1963 and is buried at Newport Cemetery, Lincoln.

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