Pier reveals plans for World War One centenary

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 July 2018

The There But Not There statue which will be placed on Clevedon Pier. Picture: Marie-Dominique Demers-King

The There But Not There statue which will be placed on Clevedon Pier. Picture: Marie-Dominique Demers-King

Marie-Dominique Demers-King

The trust behind a Clevedon landmark will honour more than 200 men who ‘bravely risked their lives for their country’.

The Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust has announced its plans to recognise the sacrifice made by so many during World War One.

It will place three There But Not There silhouettes at various points on the pier overlooking the Severn Estuary.

From Saturday, in the 100 days leading up to the centenary event of the war ending on November 11, each man who lost their life, and those who returned from the war, will be remembered.

Extensive work by the Clevedon Civic Society’s history group, as well as information from Rob Campbell’s book Clevedon’s Own, The Great War 1914-1918 is what the trust say made the ‘poignant tribute possible’.

Each day two of the three silhouettes will be named in order to commemorate each Clevedon casualty over the 100 days.

The third silhouette will be left unnamed with a message for the hundreds of individuals who served, survived and returned home.

Pier trust chairman Phil Curme said: “Two hundred and eight men from Clevedon lost their lives during the conflict and of the many from our town who served and survived, many returned debilitated by physical injury or mental trauma.

“This project is a fantastic way of individually recognising local men who made the supreme sacrifice.

“The life-size silhouettes are also an appropriate way of acknowledging the enduring impact of the war on those who fought and survived.”

The pier’s events co-ordinator Joe Novell said: “Clevedon Pier is a pier of the community, by commemorating this milestone and remembering all from Clevedon who made the ultimate sacrifice is a truly special way for us all to never forget.’’

The Grade-I listed landmark is adding to the atmosphere of Remembrance Day by asking the community to knit or crochet poppies to decorate the viewing deck.

Clevedon Town Council had previously approved the purchase of two statues from the charity There But Not There which will be placed on the seafront and in Queens Square.

For more information about the trust’s plans, visit www.clevedonpier.com

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