Wednesday, 2 April 2014

War Memorial To Be Moved

This year will see much attention to the centenary of the start of the First World War and I am confident that here in Reading we will play our part in ensuring that such a significant milestone in world history is marked in a fitting way.
However, this year will also see the relocation of the Civic Offices and, as many will know, outside the current offices stands a war memorial which is listed in the archives of the Imperial War Museum.
The magnificent and striking statue, carved by Eric Stanford (former Keeper of Art at Reading Museum) was unveiled by the Mayor of Reading, Councillor Maureen Lockey, on May Day 1990, bears witness to the respect in which three young men from Reading who gave their lives in the struggle against fascism, are held.
Josh Francis, George Middleton and Bill Ball died fighting in the defence of the most noble ideals: peace, freedom and democracy.
Reading Council, working closely with the Reading International Brigade Memorial Committee, has agreed to move the war memorial to Forbury Gardens later this year.

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