Hidden plaque to emerge from undergrowth

A NURSING home in Ipswich has today vowed to cut back a hedge which is today hanging over a plaque giving details of the war memorial in Christchurch Park.

A NURSING home in Ipswich has today vowed to cut back a hedge which is today hanging over a plaque giving details of the war memorial in Christchurch Park.

Overgrown branches and dustbins hide the plaque, in the car park of Anglesea Heights care home, which dated back to when the building was a hospital and pointed visitors in the direction of the park memorial.

But after The Evening Star brought it to the attention of the owners of the care home, in Angelsea Road, they promised to move the bins and cut back the overgrowth.

Peter Thompson, chairman of the Ipswich branch of the Royal British Legion, said he first realised the plaque was hidden a couple of weeks ago.

He said: “I was looking at the war memorial in Christchurch Park the other Saturday when I met a man there.

“He was not from this area but when visiting had stopped off to see if his grandfather's name was on the memorial.

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“I told him about the plaque and we went to have a look. I couldn't believe that they had let it get overgrown and placed the bins in front of it.

“The memorial cost £45,000 to build and the decision was taken to use the remaining £5,000 raised to put up this plaque stating where the money came from.

“It is important for the town to remember this period of history and it is very disappointing to think it is being forgotten about.”

A spokeswoman from Bupa, which runs Angelsea Heights, said: “Anglesea Heights Nursing Home is proud to display this war memorial and believes it is important it is on view for everyone to see.

“We have arranged for the overgrown hedge to be trimmed and will ensure that the bins do not obstruct the memorial in future.”

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