Statues pay tribute to WWI soldiers
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