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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 June, 2005, 23:25 GMT 00:25 UK
Memorial globe for Bali bomb dead
Sketch of the proposed memorial
Breeze's sculpture will be covered in individually carved doves
A memorial to people killed in the 2002 Bali bombings is to be erected in London, the families of the British victims have announced.

The 5ft globe will include 202 doves to represent all those who died in the 12 October attacks, including 28 Britons.

The UK Bali Bombing Victims Group said it had applied for planning permission to put the memorial in St James's Park.

"The deaths of so many innocent victims in the ongoing terrorist war should never be forgotten," the group said.

Spokeswoman Susannah Miller - whose brother Dan, 31, died in the blasts - said the memorial would provide a focus for relatives as well as survivors across Europe.

"The deaths of so many innocent victims in the ongoing terrorist war should never be forgotten and we hope this permanent memorial will stand both as our tribute to those we have lost and a warning to governments and the wider world community.

All the doves are different, each one representing a life lost
Matthew Arnold
Victim's brother

"Two-hundred-and-two sounds a small number when you say it - but when you see all the individual names, it is very powerful," she said.

The planned memorial is designed by the Norfolk sculptor Garry Breeze and symbolises a "plea for peace and understanding".

The group set up a committee which consulted over the memorial's design.

It included Matthew Arnold, a chartered surveyor, whose brother Timothy was killed in the bombings.

He said the memorial had been planned for more than a year.

Birds rising

"I'm very happy with it," he said. "It's beautifully done. It's very moving.

"All the doves are different, each one representing a life lost. They're shown like of flock of birds rising to the sky."

He added it was planned for a very important location, outside the Foreign Office where it would be seen by many people.

His brother Timothy worked for a bank in Singapore and was touring with Singapore Cricket Club's rugby team when he was killed, aged 43.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has pledged 100,000 towards the cost of the work.

Grant permission

The names and ages of all those who died will be etched into a plaque on the plinth of the sculpture.

The UK Bali Bombing Victims Group (UKBBVG) hope Westminster City Council will grant permission for its installation in time for the third anniversary of the attacks, in Kuta, on the Indonesian island of Bali.

Two bombs were detonated at the Sari Club and Paddy's Bar nightclubs on Kuta's tourist strip in the early hours of morning.

The injured and dead came from more than 20 countries, Australia was the worst affected with 88 killed.

A radical Islamic group, Jemaah Islamiah, was found to be responsible for the attacks.




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The sculpture will feature 202 individually carved doves



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