Campaign for war tribute gathers pace

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Jam jars crammed with pennies which have been collected by kind-hearted Belper folk as part of our campaign to honour First World War heroes were this week handed over to the appeal.

But there’s still plenty of time for you to make your donation to help us remember our fallen heroes before we plant our memorial tree in time for the anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War this Autumn.

We collected 15 jam jars from generous folks who had dropped off their donations at Belper British Legion on Strutt Street this week.

Barman Mark Harrison handed over the cash which will go towards our project to to provide a fitting tribute to the sacrifice so many young men made for us.

Commemorations will be going on throughout the town this year, with a temporary war memorial constructed on the town’s Market Place among the ideas being proposed.

This week there is a special appeal from Belper town councillor John Nelson as part of the commemorations, as he is trying to find out who the owners of an important war site in the town are.

He said: “We are trying to locate the owners of the old First World War firing range on Wyver Lane as we would like to make it part of the commemorations.”

If anyone can help councillor Nelson he can be contacted on 01773 823 112.

Meanwhile, the News is asking Belper News readers to donate their spare change – the pennies you often collect in jam jars or pots around the house – so we can plant a tree in the town in honour of our war heroes.

We know times are hard and that’s why we are asking only for your spare change.And if we all donate a bit of copper we believe we can raise enough money to buy a tree, which will serve as a permanent reminder to our brave lads.

We have teamed up with Amber Valley Borough Council and the Belper branch of the Royal British Legion on Strutt Street, who are backing our campaign.

We have set up two drop-off points to donate jam jars of loose change to the cause – if you want to give more that would be fantastic.

You can drop off your donations at the Royal British Legion branch or give them to our reporter Andrew Wakefield at his surgeries at the Strutts Community Centre, Belper, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (see page 2 for details and Andy’s contact details).

News editor Julie Crouch said: “This tree will one day grow into mighty reminder for our children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren.”