CD of remembrance for war victims

A NEW CD has been released to raise money for The Ipswich War Memorial Fund. Terry Lee Travis has compiled an eight-track album titled 'Belleau Wood' in the style of 'country and boy band crossovers'.

A NEW CD has been released to raise money for The Ipswich War Memorial Fund.

Terry Lee Travis has compiled an eight-track album titled 'Belleau Wood' in the style of 'country and boy band crossovers'.

Money from the CD will go towards helping put the names of those who died in the Second World War on the memorial statue in Christchurch Park.

The tracks are all along the theme of remembrance and have been aimed at audiences of all ages.

Tracks include 'If Tomorrow Never Comes', 'I Swear', 'When You Say Nothing At All' and the Garth Brooks title song 'Belleau Wood', which were all recorded in a home studio.

Belleau Wood documents a truce that was declared in World War One for one hour at midnight on Christmas Eve.

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Travis described it as "a perfectly appropriate song for the album".

Eighty copies have been made, priced at £6 each of which £4 will go directly to the fund.

At the moment the war memorial in Christchurch Park only has a brief dedication to those who fell in the Second World War from the area, not a full list of names as there are for the First World War.

The idea to display the names was proposed originally in the 1980's, but as Peter Thompson, the organiser of the Memorial Fund, points out "it should have been done in 1945".

The plaques that will be set on the statue have been obtained and the engraving completed but the mounting must be delayed until architect's plans are approved.

The completion of the project will not be in time for this year's remembrance service but should be in time for the 80th anniversary of the statue's erection in May.

The fund has been fundraising to find the £10,000 to pay for the work.

On remembrance Sunday Mr Thompson is holding a remembrance service with the new plaques in Thurleston Lane at 2:30 and all are welcome to attend.

He said: "They shouldn't be locked in a shed on remembrance Sunday, they should be displayed proudly. They're all heroes to me and we wouldn't be here without them."

The CD is available from Mr Thompson 01473 747983 or from Mr Travis on 01473 714039.

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