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Fingers crossed for memorial work

PUBLISHED: 18:00 17 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 March 2010

PEOPLE are keeping their fingers crossed that work will start this year on a memorial for those who lost their lives in the Second World War.

Members of The Royal British Legion had hoped to raise £250,000 for an extension of the cenotaph at Christchurch Park which will serve as a proper tribute to the 595 fallen.

PEOPLE are keeping their fingers crossed that work will start this year on a memorial for those who lost their lives in the Second World War.

Members of The Royal British Legion had hoped to raise £250,000 for an extension of the cenotaph at Christchurch Park which will serve as a proper tribute to the 595 fallen.

But a poor response from the business community has meant they have had to scale down their original plans.

Peter Thompson, ex-serviceman and secretary of the Ipswich Branch of the British Legion, said: "When we started this project we were expecting more support from firms.

"We have had the support from the people in the town but the business community seem disinterested which is disappointing.

"But we really hope to get the project started. The first thing to do is to have the names of the fallen set in stone.

"But the old plans have had to be altered because we haven't got enough money. I would ideally like to see something done before Remembrance Sunday."

So far £50,000 has been raised for the appeal backed by The Evening Star. Recent donations include money from service associations who lost Ipswich men during the Second World War.

Recent donors included The Royal Engineers, George Cross Island Association, the 4th Queens Own Hussars, The Argyll Sutherland Highlanders, The Suffolk Regiment, The Royal Anglian Regiment, RAMC Fellowship, Bedfordshire Herts and Essex.

The RBL also received several anonymous donations from members of the public.

They are still appealing for donations. Cheques should be made out to Ipswich World War Two Memorial Fund, c/o British Legion Ipswich branch, 12 St Margaret's Green, Ipswich, IP4 2BS or taken to Ipswich Borough Council premises.


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