New Fareham memorial will feature war materials

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A NEW memorial which could be built in Fareham town centre was inspired by materials used in the First World War.

Fareham Borough Council has applied to install the new war memorial which will commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The memorial will stand a metre high and be composed of angled layers of steel plates, marble, slate, bronze and copper.

It will have a rugged finish to the sides with a flat top in which to place the aluminium plaque.

Peter Clutterbuck, owner of Peter Clutterbuck Blacksmiths in Osborne Road, Southsea, designed the memorial.

He said: ‘I was asked to draw something up by Fareham Borough Council for a new potential memorial. I took inspiration from the First World War and decided to use the materials that were used in the war.

‘The memorial will have iron and steel to represent the weapons and bullets and bronze for the armaments.

‘But it will also feature white marble as a remembrance to those who died. It will represent their gravestones.’

Similar to the Falklands Arch plaques, the wording will say: ‘To commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.

‘This commemorative stone is a lasting tribute to those of all nations who lost their lives.’

The new memorial will be placed on West Street, in Fareham.

Executive member for leisure and community, Councillor Connie Hockley, said: ‘The date of August 4 will mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

‘To commemorate this important occasion, the council will create a lasting memorial.

‘It will give people the chance to reflect on the events of the First World War and remember those brave men and women who lost their lives during the war.’