Scilly’s New War Memorial To Be Dedicated Tomorrow

garden of remembrance 2012Islanders are being asked their views on which war memorial should be used in the future.

Scilly’s new memorial in The Park will be unveiled during a service on Saturday.

Royal British Legion Chairman Smudge Smith has spent the last year fundraising for the second memorial. He wanted one in a town centre location that would be easier to access than the existing Old Town site.

Smudge was advised that moving the current memorial would have been too complicated, requiring permissions and agreement from a number of authorities.

But he says some locals now want to keep using the old memorial and that’s created a “minor problem.”

His compromise is that the Old Town monument will still be used for Remembrance Sunday and the new one will be used on Armistice Day, held on the 11th November each year.

Smudge says they could alternate sites each year, in the same way that the Remembrance Day service moves between the Parish Church and the Methodist Chapel.

He’d like to hear islanders’ views on how they want to use the new memorial.

Robert Dorrien Smith, acting as Deputy Lord Lieutenant, will join Council Chairman Amanda Martin for the dedication. Smudge says there’ll be a blessing ceremony and the last post will be played followed by two minutes silence.

Dorothy Barker from St Agnes, who lost her brother in the war, will also lay a wreath.

Smudge is hoping for good weather on Saturday morning and is arranging for around 30 seats to be placed in The Park in case the hot spell continues.

The service starts at 11am.

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