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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Animals-in-war memorial to be erected on Carlisle's busiest roundabout

Animals that served during war-time are to be honoured with a 7ft granite memorial at the heart of Carlisle’s busiest roundabout.

Animals memorial photo
Stephen Glencross at Hardwicke Circus, Carlisle

The monument is to be placed in the pedestrian area at the centre of Hardwicke Circus, commemorating the dogs, pigeons, horses and other animals which have served on the battlefield.

Efforts have gathered £9,800 out of more than £10,000 needed to put it up.

The committee behind the fundraising is still seeking cash but says the foundations for the memorial, which has been given planning permission by Carlisle City Council, will be put in this summer.

It is believed it would be the only one of its kind in the north of England. There is a memorial to animals which have supported troops in London.

The statue campaign started about three years ago. Stephen Glencross, 58, is the founder member.

He said help had come from all over the country – and the idea had been inspired by a chance encounter with a pigeon.

“About five years ago I was walking through Bitts Park when I noticed a homing pigeon picking about,” added Mr Glencross, of Lamb Street, Upperby.

“It had a damaged wing and I tried to catch it but unfortunately it flew off.

“It was then that I thought about trying to have built an animals-in-war monument; to horses, donkeys, mules, dogs and to homing carrier pigeons.”

The money has come from a range of sources, including donations from pigeon fanciers, grants and fundraising efforts.

A racing pigeon owned by the Queen was also sold at an auction.

Organisers hope the monument will be an educational attraction and bring tourists. They say birds such as homing carrier pigeons have won medals for valour carrying messages, while dogs have been used in roles such as helping stretcher-bearers.

The monument will depict images of animals including a horse, pigeons and dogs.

“They are all God’s creatures and therefore deserve our respect and gratitude for what they do for us,” added Mr Glencross.

He said he wanted to thank anybody involved with the fundraising and the campaign, including the committee, local businesses and pigeon fanciers.

Have your say

Excellent idea, this is the first I have heard about it and cannot wait to see it. I have seen the animals at war memorial in London - its excellent, obviously its on a bigger scale but I am sure the one in Carlisle will have just as much impact.

Posted by Hedge on 21 March 2014 at 09:57

Lovely idea. How do we donate?

Posted by JEG on 20 March 2014 at 18:49

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