Stunning new monument to honour village heroes

Flamborough Victoria Club secretary and treasurer Lynn Webster presents a cheque for �250 to governor Mark Smales and Flamborough School pupils.

A striking new addition is on the way to Flamborough School to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

A steel sculpture of two soldiers will be installed either side of a new memorial stone listing the names of more than 40 former pupils who died in service during the two World Wars.

Thanks to a real community effort, more than £2,000 was raised in less than a month and the new feature will be officially unveiled on November 9.

School governor Mark Smales said: “The money has all come from local people, Flamborough businesses and residents.

“We even had a £500 anonymous donation, as well as £400 from the parish council and as I was leaving school on Friday, someone came up and gave me another £50.

“The village has been absolutely amazing, so generous. It’s fabulous.”

The design of the soldiers has been inspired by the There But Not There silhouette installations, but has been adapted so the figure has his rifle upside down and his hands on the butt of the gun.

The memorial stone will be made of South African grey granite and a local stonemason has offered to engrave the names free of charge.

“I think it will look stunning,” said Mr Smales.

“We had been toying with the idea of doing something like this for a long time but felt we needed to do something this year because of the centenary.”

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