Qual­ity not quan­tity, please

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

MAY I com­mend Athena on her coura­geous col­umn crit­i­cis­ing the qual­ity and quan­tity of re­cent Lon­don me­mo­ri­als (March 29). As she so rightly pointed out, such crit­i­cism is usu­ally taken as in­sen­si­tiv­ity to the cause of the memo­rial. Nei­ther is this a case of fig­u­ra­tive good, ab­stract bad—it’s merely a ques­tion of qual­ity. My mind im­me­di­ately leapt to the Na­tional Memo­rial Ar­bore­tum in Stafford­shire, where many of the re­cent in­stal­la­tions fail to do jus­tice to their sub­jects.

We are for­tu­nate in this coun­try to have count­less ex­am­ples of out­stand­ing me­mo­ri­als and we should re­solve to main­tain the stan­dards that our fore­bears set 100 years ago, with their com­mem­o­ra­tion of the na­tion’s loss in the First World War. John Ste­wart, Buck­ing­hamshire

First class: the Royal Ar­tillery Memo­rial in Hyde Park

The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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