Tommy statue for Clevedon?

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 June 2018

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A statue of a British army soldier could be installed in Clevedon, if the project gets councillors’ support.

Clevedon Town Council will decide today (Wednesday) whether to spend £750 on the 6ft sculpture as part of the There But Not There campaign by the charity Remembered, marking 100 years since the end of World War One.

If the purchase is approved, the Tommy will be in place before memorial events in November, although a location will also have to be agreed.

Around 5,000 troops travelled through Clevedon during the World War One.

Many were from the town or nearby areas, while others stopped off on their way to fight as the town was a station post.

Profits from the Tommies, which are built by ex-servicemen and women, will go to a number of mental health and armed forces charities, including Walking With The Wounded and Combat Stress.

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