A renowned artist who worked on the memorial for Princess Diana at Althorp is helping veterans and the district council provide a lasting tribute to more than 125 Spalding servicemen and women.
Gary Breeze has drawn provisional artwork for a new memorial to go in the Peace Garden at Ayscoughfee. A campaign to raise an estimated £50,000 has also begun.
The new structure will be a memorial to those who lost their lives in World War Two and subsequent conflicts up to the present day.
Dates 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 already feature beside the words “Their Name Liveth for Evermore” on a memorial stone that stands in front of the renowned, grade 1 listed Sir Edwin Lutyens memorial to Spalding’s World War One dead in Ayscoughfee Gardens.
While those who died in World War One are immortalised on the Lutyens’ memorial, the names of those who died in World War Two and subsequent conflicts are either scattered around town on memorials at various parish churches – or not recorded at all.
In order for the name of a person to feature on the new memorial, they must either have been born in Spalding or have lived in Spalding – and must not be already commemorated on a memorial elsewhere in Spalding.
I think it’s important to have a design that’s in keeping with the aesthetic and historic look of Ayscoughfee Hall and one that is liked by the people of Spalding.Town centre manager Dennis Hannant
Council officer Paul Jackson said: “It is really important and proper that families who lost relatives during the Second World War and in subsequent conflicts have a focal point for remembrance, both on Remembrance Sunday and every other day of the year.
“It’s the very least we can do considering The Fallen made the ultimate sacrifice for us.”
Spalding’s town centre manager, retired Army major Dennis Hannant, is chairing the Operation Spalding Memorial Committee.
Mr Hannant said: “I think it’s important to have a design that’s in keeping with the aesthetic and historic look of Ayscoughfee Hall and one that is liked by the people of Spalding.”
He believes that it’s equally important that Operation Spalding Memorial Committee commissions an artist of Gary Breeze’s standing to design the memorial.
The initial artwork (shown above) from Gary was made possible thanks to Spalding accountants Moore Thompson, who donated £500.
Recent notable commissions undertaken by Gary include a 50p commemorating the Battle of Britain, the lettering and carving to the tomb of Richard III and a 44-tonne sculpture containing a woodland, designed in collaboration with Martin Cook, that was unveiled at Chelsea Flower Show.
The aim is to have the memorial in place by November 11, 2019 – some 80 years after the outbreak of World War Two.
• To donate to the new memorial, please call Mr Hannant on 01775 766729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will shortly publish a JustGiving address for direct donations.
To have a name included on the memorial please contact museum curator Julia Knight at Ayscoughfee Hall or email email@example.com