Page last updated at 12:08 GMT, Thursday, 9 October 2008 13:08 UK

Fury at plan to move war memorial

Torquay war memorial
The memorial is used as a focal point for Remembrance Day

War veterans have expressed anger at plans to relocate a Devon seaside resort's war memorial.

The Mayor of Torbay is considering moving the Torquay memorial from its current position to allow the area to be regenerated.

The memorial lists service men and women killed in war and is used for Remembrance Day events.

The mayor said he would not move it unless he had the backing of the people of Torbay.

It's sacrosanct and should not be moved
Heather Buckpitt, wartime airman's daughter

Torquay resident, Ken Sturdy, from the Normandy Veterans' Association, said: "It's as though [the memorial] accumulates over the years, the desires, the wishes, the heartfelt memories of a community.

"To move it is something that has to be done only with the good wishes of the community."

Heather Buckpitt's father was an airman killed in World War II.

His name was listed on the memorial, after she successfully campaigned to have the names of World War II fatalities added to it.

She said: "Year on year people stand there on Remembrance Sunday to remember those that lost their lives for the rest of us.

"I think it's sacrosanct and should not be moved."

'Prominent' position

The memorial is currently located in Pavillion Gardens on Torquay's seafront.

Torbay Mayor Nick Bye said: "We've got to get the regeneration investment under way.

"My own personal view is possibly moving the war memorial into a prominent position on the new promenade so it looks across the bay."

He added that the move would only happen if it had public support.




SEE ALSO
Devon war heroes recognised
09 Nov 02 |  England

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific