Old Town War Memorial Could Be Moved To Hugh Town

Respects are paid at the Garden of Remembrance

The war memorial sited at Old Town Church could be moved to Hugh Town to make it more accessible to islanders and visitors.

That was the idea suggested by Council chairman Mike Hicks during yesterday’s opening of the Garden of Remembrance in The Park.

Mike says the temporary memorial, inspired by local British Legion representative, Smudge Smith, provides a place for people to reflect and lay a tribute to those who have been lost in former wars. The dedications will then be transferred to the war memorial before Remembrance Sunday on 11th November.

But Mike thinks the current memorial is fairly inaccessible, being “out of site and out of mind most of the time.” He says there should be a more prominent reminder of islanders who have lost their lives in conflicts.

Ideas could include moving the existing memorial, building a new one, or placing a plaque on the newly-refurbished shelter on the Strand.

Mr Hicks says they’ll need to consult widely on any proposals and look at potential source of funding before any plans are finalised.

Yesterday’s service and prayer commemorating fallen servicemen and women was conducted by Reverend Charlie Gibbs and attended by a small group of locals and visitors.

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