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Town digs deep for those who gave all

    By Terry Bearpark  

AFTER the success of a set of figures made for Remembrance last year, a more permanent display is now on view after local people answered the call for help.

The tribute for remembrance was unveiled last Saturday at 11am on the embankment between the Memorial Gardens car park and the promenade, comprising nine figures and a horse, each representing part of the armed forces.

The display was commissioned by Withernsea resident and town councillor Jim Blake after he helped produce a similar display last year in wood, however he decided a more permanent display was needed and four mm thick steel which will eventually rust was chosen.

After having a local funding request turned down, he turned to a Just Giving page on social media and within hours had raised the necessary cash from donations and with a generous donation from the The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB), the figures were produced by Kintech Ltd of Sutton Fields at cost price.

At the unveiling Mr Blake thanked everyone who had helped to provide the figures and those who helped put them up, and Kintech for their generosity and help.

After the unveiling he said: “I have been incredibly humbled by the belief and support shown by this amazing town in bringing to life our tribute to all those who have ‘Got us covered.’ “I thank those who put hands in pockets and gave their hard earned cash and to those who were hands on and helped assemble it in not the most ideal of weathers. We all just gave time and money. They gave everything.”

The figures will remain on display for a month before going on tour in other parts of the country to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

Councillor Terry Dagnall, Mayor of Withernsea said: “I think it is good that people can remember the fallen from all wars and all forces which includes Northern Ireland and the families, children and animals lost.

I applaud the work that people put into this project and the funds collected from local people groups and all that contributed. Well done to the project leader Jim Blake who started this last year with the wooden figures and carried it onto the metal figures now in place in a grand position on the mound of memorial gardens with a lovely backdrop of the sea. Well done to all.”

*For a roundup of Remembrance services taking place across Holderness, go to page 5.

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