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Honour our heroes in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 02:12 20 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

THIS is what former Ipswich serviceman Peter Thompson and his 90-year-old war veteran cousin, Walter, are fighting for.

The pair are among those battling for an extension to the cenotaph at Christchurch Park in which they feel will provide a proper tribute to the 595 Ipswich heroes killed in the Second World War.

THIS is what former Ipswich serviceman Peter Thompson and his 90-year-old war veteran cousin, Walter, are fighting for.

The pair are among those battling for an extension to the cenotaph at Christchurch Park in which they feel will provide a proper tribute to the 595 Ipswich heroes killed in the Second World War.

But the memorial costs £250,000 to build and with just £17,000 collected so far the duo are in desperate need of support.

"These servicemen lost their lives for us and it is high time they got the honour they deserve," said Peter.

The day before Remembrance Sunday he had hit out at businesses claiming they had been snubbed the fundraising.

"These names are what we want to see in stone just like other towns," said 68-year-old Peter, secretary of the British Legion Ipswich Branch.

"We have had a little bit more of a response recently, but nothing from the big firms.

"The thing is we have a premier football team in Ipswich and a non-league war memorial.

"This would be a landmark for the town and if we are talking about Ipswich becoming a city we need a proper war memorial up to date with all the names on it.

On Friday night £200 was raised at the Royal Naval Association annual dinner in Ipswich.

"The RNA have done so much to help," said Peter. "If one or two more people or organisations did something the money would soon come in. There are so many people in Ipswich with relatives who should be named on the war memorial. "

nIf you can help cheques can be made to Ipswich World War Two Memorial Fund, c/o British Legion Ipswich branch, 12 St Margaret's Green, Ipswich, IP4 2BS, or Ipswich borough council outlets.

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