Victory in sight for veterans

CAMPAIGNERS battling for a tribute to Ipswich war heroes are set for victory.It has been a long fight to get a proper tribute to the 620 Second World War Ipswich fallen.

CAMPAIGNERS battling for a tribute to Ipswich war heroes are set for victory.

It has been a long fight to get a proper tribute to the 620 Second World War Ipswich fallen.

But after years of fundraising it looks like the end is in sight.

Ipswich Council has received a full planning application for bronze World War Two plaques to be added to the cenotaph at Christchurch Park in Ipswich.

So far the cenotaph has only carried the names of the First World War dead.

It is also proposed to provide ramps at the memorial.

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Peter Thompson, who is spearheading the campaign, said: "We are hoping to have the names up by May, in time for the 80th anniversary of the cenotaph, so people can see it.

"It has taken a long time to get this far.

"We have received £65,000 in donations, but our fundraising continues. We need another £10,000 - £12,000.

"All those people are heroes and without them I don't think we would be having a Christmas."

An Ipswich Council spokesman said the project was still subject to planning permission and the plans would be discussed by the development control committee early next year.

However, he added the council has given its full support to the principle of the project and pledged £25,000 to kick-start the appeal.

Praising those behind the project who have worked hard to raise funds he said: "They deserve the thanks of the whole town."

The War Memorial Fund has already bought the bronze plaques with all the names on and this cost £18,800.

Anyone who wishes to contribute please send your donations to Ipswich World War Two Memorial Fund, The Bungalow, Thurleston Lane, Ipswich, IP1 6TH.

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