Memorial to mark those who lost their lives for Portishead planned

PUBLISHED: 15:51 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:37 15 November 2017

Remembrance ideas are being discussed.

Remembrance ideas are being discussed.

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A memorial to remember those who have given their lives for Portishead could be unveiled this time next year.

Portishead Town Council and other bodies are working on ideas to mark the 100th anniversary of World War One ending ahead of the milestone in 2018.

With remembrance monuments in place at North Weston Village Hall and St Peter’s Church already, efforts are being made to make sure any new memorial is sufficiently different.

Portishead Town Council chairman Lesley Cottrell said: “This would be a memorial for all Portishead residents and who have given their lives for their country or in duty.

“This would include the police, lifeboats, paramedics perhaps and factory workers (who were killed) when a bomb fell.

Portishead Town Council chairman Lesley Cottrell at last year's remembrance parade. Picture: Tracey Fowler.Portishead Town Council chairman Lesley Cottrell at last year's remembrance parade. Picture: Tracey Fowler.

“So, not just those who took up arms, but to honour anybody who has given up their life.”

The ideas were discussed at last week’s town council meeting and proposals will be further debated at its forthcoming recreation and works committee meeting.

Cllr Cottrell admitted time is of the essence though to meet next autumn’s deadline.

She said: “There was a little bit of concern about timing and about whether we could get something in place for November next year.

“However, it was very positively welcomed which is great.”

Several potential locations have been suggested – including the town gardens and The Precinct – but no clear site has been decided.

No decisions over funding a memorial have been made as yet, but the town council is planning on allocating some funds within its 2018-19 budget to bring the commemorative ideas to fruition.

If progressed, a new memorial would be just one of the ideas the town is planning to mark the centenary.

Portishead In Bloom is working on a bottle top poppy art project and is urging the community to get involved.

Town council efforts to achieve commemorative centenary field status at Battery Point have also been backed by North Somerset Council.

And Cllr Cottrell said a book of remembrance was also a potential idea which could be developed both before and after the November 2018 anniversary.

However, she wants anyone with a potential idea to approach the town council in the near future.

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