Stat­ues pay trib­ute to WWI sol­diers

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A poignant statue of a First World War soldier will be un­veiled in town cen­tres across North La­nark­shire to com­mem­o­rate the end of the con­flict.

The‘tommy’stat­ues show an out­line of a soldier with the ri­fle and hel­met as they would have looked in the trenches.

They form part of the‘there But Not There’cam­paign which aims to raise aware­ness with peo­ple across the UK and be­yond of the sac­ri­fice shown by more than 800,000 Bri­tish and Com­mon­wealth troops who died in the Great War.

The first statue has al­ready been un­veiled out­side the coun­cil HQ at the Civic Cen­tre in Mother­well and an­other eight stat­ues in other towns over the next few weeks. All of the per­ma­nent me­mo­ri­als will be in­stalled ahead of Re­mem­brance Sun­day on Novem­ber 11 –also the cen­te­nary of the end of the war.

Provost of North La­nark­shire Jean Jones un­veiled the first statue with Armed Forces Cham­pion Coun­cil­lor David Cullen.

She said:“this is a re­ally strik­ing memo­rial which I’m sure the peo­ple of North La­nark­shire will feel proud to have in their town cen­tres.”

Trib­ute The stat­ues, un­veiled by Coun­cil­lor David Cullen and Jean Jones (in­set) will hon­our those who served in con­flict

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