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Melton Supports the “There But Not There” project

Published Friday, 19th October 2018 Tommy figure

Melton Borough Council is delighted to support the ‘There But Not There’ 2018 Armistice project for the charity Remembered.

We have erected our very own ‘Tommy’ figure beside the West Door of St Mary’s Parish Church in Melton Mowbray.

‘There But Not There’ is the defining centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 war, with installations across the Country. Funds raised through the sales of the Tommy figures have contributed to the great work of the following charities:

  • The Royal Foundation
  • Walking With The Wounded
  • Combat Stress
  • Help for Heroes
  • Project Equinox: Housing Veterans and Medical Students
  • Commonwealth War Graves Foundation

This project aims to Commemorate, Educate and Heal.

Commemorate those who died in the First World War through installations of silhouettes wherever there is a Roll of Honour.

To Educate all generations, particularly today’s younger generation, born nearly 100 years after the outbreak of WW1, to understand what led to the deaths of 888,246 British and Commonwealth service personnel.

Heal today’s veterans who are suffering from the mental and physical wounds of their service.

The Tommy statues and their commemorative packaging are made by the Royal British Legion Industries, appropriately, by ex-Service Veterans employed by RBLI.

In support of  the Armistice Centenary, the Council is working in partnership with the Melton Mowbray Town Estate, St Mary’s Parish Church, the Royal British Legion, and Melton BID to enable the Borough to participate in this public commemoration.   A number of events will be taking place over the 10th  and 11th  November in the town centre with the Remembrance Day Parade and Service on Sunday morning.  As part of a national event, the Mayor will be hosting the ‘Beacons of Light’ ceremony on Sunday evening after darkness has fallen.  After a  choral performance in the Parish Church, a short service of commemoration will be held in Melton’s Play Close, during which the names of the local fallen will be read out.  This will be followed by the lighting of the beacon at 7pm.  Shortly after at 7.05pm the bells of St Mary’s will mark the conclusion of the day’s events by ‘Ringing out for Peace’ as church bells across the land did at the end of the Great War.

The Mayor, Councillor Pru Chandler, said:  “I encourage everyone to support this special commemorative weekend and show our respect to those who gave their lives in often appalling circumstances.”

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For more information please contact:

Hazel Paterson - Communications Officer

Melton Borough Council

hpaterson@melton.gov.uk

01664 504294