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Temporary memorial will mean ‘business as usual’ for Shortlands remembrance service

12:13 11 October 2016

The scene of the crash in Shortlands. @Sammy_Selvage

The scene of the crash in Shortlands. @Sammy_Selvage

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The original war memorial was destroyed in a car crash earlier this year

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It will be ‘business as usual’ at Shortlands remembrance service next month, despite the town losing its war memorial just months ago.

In July, a car ploughed through the memorial, which had stood on Kingswood Road since 1921.

Following its destruction, local councillors David Jefferys and Mary Cooke promised the council would do ‘all that is possible’ to restore it in time for November’s remembrance service.

With the service just a month away, those paying respect will have to lay wreaths at a temporary cross instead.

“The good news is on Remembrance Sunday there will be a service at St Mary’s church and the war memorial site will be a temporary wooden cross so there is something to lay wreaths at, in a way it’s business as usual” commented Cllr Cooke.

“I said I would do all I could to get the memorial restored in time, but apparently war memorials are, rightly so, quite special to restore.

“The other good news is we still have all the names of the soldiers who were listed on it.”

Historic England are said to be working with the council in an effort to restore the memorial, though a time frame is yet to be set.

The Grade II listed Celtic Cross was built as a memorial to local soldiers who had fallen in the First World War.

Later on, it would become a tribute to those who had died in both world wars and subsequent conflicts.

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