Wilmslow Express - - FRONT PAGE - Karen Brit­ton karen.brit­ton@men­media.co.uk @KarenBrit­ton1

AWAR me­mo­rial to hon­our Hand­forth’s fallen sol­diers is a step closer af­ter a com­mu­nity trust sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the project.

The vil­lage does not have a me­mo­rial to re­mem­ber sol­diers from two world wars and other con­flicts who have died. Hand­forth Parish Coun­cil last year pledged £10,000 and a com­mu­nity foun­da­tion of eight trustees was formed to raise £50,000 and cre­ate a me­mo­rial.

The Hand­forth Com­mu­nity War Me­mo­rial Foun­da­tion, chaired by coun An­thony Har- ri­son, held public con­sul­ta­tions and asked res­i­dents to pick a de­sign, set­tling on a sim­ple sand­stone col­umn.

The foun­da­tion won char­i­ta­ble sta­tus and has now sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the ceno­taph on land owned by Cheshire East which sep­a­rates Wilm­slow Road from a side branch of the road.

Sue Webb, of Spath Lane, whose son Lance Cor­po­ral Jamie Webb died in Afghanistan, said: “My son lost his life for his coun­try but is not hon­oured in the vil­lage. I’ll be happy when we can gather at the war me­mo­rial and re­mem­ber Jamie. It means a lot.”

A de­ci­sion on the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is due by Fri­day, May 1.

Lance Cor­po­ral Jamie Webb from Hand­forth, who was killed in Afghanistan

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