Memorial book plan for World War One centenary

PUBLISHED: 06:25 17 February 2018

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A book of remembrance placed in the library is one of several projects Portishead Town Council is considering to mark 100 years since the armistice at the end of World War One later this year.

The council has been working on ideas to best mark the anniversary for a number of months and has asked people to come forward with their suggestions.

Before the council agrees to progress the book of remembrance idea, it wants to gauge public support for the project and explore whether there will be sufficient names put forward to make it a comprehensive memorial to those who gave their lives to protect their country.

Former town council chairman, Ros Cruse, who is part of a memorial working party, believes the book would work best if it encompassed all conflict and service losses, and did not focus solely on World War One.

Cllr Cruse said: “The idea suggested is for the book of remembrance to include all those lost in conflict, not just in the two world wars but in any conflict.

“And it would not just be for the armed forces, but for those such as merchant seamen and members of the emergency services too.

“Members of the working party really want to know if there is enough interest and enough people will have names to put forward for inclusion in the book.

“If there is sufficient interest we will then set it before the full council.”

All the names read out at the service on Remembrance Sunday will be a starting point for the book, but those involved with the working party feel there will be plenty more names of others whose lives were lost in conflict to add to it.

A number of other ideas put forward to mark the occasion are still being considered, these include a bandstand, a drumhead service on Battery Point, a revamp and tidying of the flagpole that sits on the Beach Road East and South Road junction and a town centre stone memorial.

Members of the community are invited to give their views on the book of remembrance plan and can also offer other suggestions on how the centenary should be marked.

To offer an opinion on the armistice remembrance plan, email office@portishead.gov.uk or write to Portishead Town Council, The Folk Hall, 95 High Street, Portishead, North Somerset, BS20 6PR.

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