Boost for memorial campaign

RBL collection in Spalding Market Place
RBL collection in Spalding Market Place
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Members of the Royal British Legion took to the streets of Spalding on Saturday to raise money for the alteration of the Ayscoughfee War Memorial.

The memorial is missing the names of 24 of Spalding’s heroes who lost their lives in World War I, which were omitted accidentally.

Members of the Legion were joined at their stall in the Market Place by local MP, John Hayes, a member of the Holbeach branch of the organisation and leader of the campaign.

Mr Hayes said: “This campaign which we mounted, inspired by the 100-year anniversary of the commencement of the First World War, is receiving huge, generous support from the people of Spalding.

“The names of those who were mistakenly omitted should be added, for their descendants and for posterity.”

The fact that names had been missed was only discovered earlier this year.

The research was carried out by the Spalding and South Lincolnshire branch of the Western Front Organisation mostly by member Cheryl Arnold.

Hundreds of shoppers in Spalding donated cash to the cause, which not only aims to update the memorial, but to restore it.

Mr Hayes added: “I am determined that our splendid war memorial should look as good as it did the day is was unveiled.”

The local MP is also running a campaign next year to have inscribed stones added to the Lutyens-designed memorial for those local people who gave their lives in the Second World War, with 2015 marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the conflict in 1945.

Anyone who wishes to donate to either campaign can contact the Holbeach branch of the Royal British Legion.