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Finishing touches put to memorial
Memorial to WWII heroines
The memorial for WWII heroines will be unveiled on 9 July
The finishing touches are being made to a 1m statue that will honour women who served in World War II.

Former Speaker of the House of Commons Baroness Betty Boothroyd inspected the bronze sculpture ahead of its unveiling in Whitehall by the Queen on 9 July.

Baroness Boothroyd raised 800,000 towards the cost of the monument by appearing on ITV's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? quiz show in 2002.

She said: "I love this monument. It has taken years to pay them tribute."

It will finally recognise the important role women played during the war, she explained.

"It depicts the women's working clothes and how they quietly took them off at the end of the day, hung them up and let the men take the credit," she added.

Gas pipes

The memorial's designer, John W Mills, said it was an honour to see it in such a prime location.

Westminster Council agreed to relocate the memorial after major gas pipes were found under the proposed site.

The 22ft high memorial, which marks the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII, depicts the uniforms and working clothes worn by women during the war.

Funds for the memorial were raised by the Memorial to the Women of World War II Fund, a charitable trust run by volunteers in York.

On 9 July four military helicopters flown by all female crews will fly past the memorial to mark the occasion.

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