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“It will be a place to sit reflect and remember’ - Village to get first war memorial

PUBLISHED: 10:20 14 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:20 14 September 2018

The war memorial will be near Caister cemetery  Picture: George Ryan

The war memorial will be near Caister cemetery Picture: George Ryan

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A coastal village is to remember the fallen troops from two world wars and other conflicts by building a war memorial.

Caister does not have a memorial to mark the sacrifice of soldiers, air crew, sailors and Royal Marines.

Efforts are now in place to remedy the lack of a tribute with a working party being formed in the village with the ambition to build one to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles in June 28, 2019.

The group has looked at six potential sites and after involvement with Norfolk County Council the location has been chosen for the memorial - the grassed area at the end of School Lane at the entrance to Caister Cemetery.

Plans include four benches around the memorial with local school children being involved in their design and flowers will be planted around the tribute to the nation’s war dead.

As part of the plans all proceeds from this year’s Caister Carnival went to the memorial fund and a series of fundraising events are planned, and there will be collections at the Light Up Caister for Christmas event.

The war memorial scheme has the backing of Caister Parish Council.

Councillor and working group member Kevin Wood said: “This year it is 100 years since the end of the First World War, Caister is one of the few villages that does not have an external war memorial for those that have fallen in conflict.

“We feel we must never forget the ultimate sacrifice made by so many and remind the younger generations what war means. So we plan with community support to put this right and build Caister’s first war memorial to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28 1919, the official end of World War One.

“Our plan is involve all areas of the community, all the schools within the village will be involved in designs on the four benches that surround the memorial.

“We feel strongly it is important to involve the young so they are aware of the horrors of war and the sacrifice others generations have made.

“It will also be a place to sit reflect and remember.”

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