FENLANDER: Online guide about Fenland’s memorials is launched

LEST we forget. That will be the theme of the ceremonies taking place at Fenland’s war memorials this weekend in honour of all those who have died in conflict.

It is also the basis of a new online guide produced by Fenland District Council following a suggestion by the War Memorials Trust.

Public interest in those memorials is on the increase, stimulated partly by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but also by the growing popularity of family history research.

FDC is responsible for the upkeep of the ones in Fenland’s four market towns. This week details of those are being published on Fenland District Council’s website.

Further information about the many others in villages and churches throughout the district, including the names that appear on their rolls of honour, can be found at http://www.roll-of-honour.com/cambridgeshire

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Councillor Peter Murphy. FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for monuments, said: “These memorials are a vital part of our heritage. We want to make people more aware of them and of how much we all owe to the people they honour.”

Fenland has a total of 106 memorials. FDC is responsible for the upkeep of the four in the market towns; the others are looked after by parish councils and churches.

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A full list is contained in the 2004 Fenland District Survey, a copy of which is kept in Wisbech Museum.

• The War Memorials Trust works to protect and conserve war memorials across the UK. It provides advice, grants for repair and conservation. For more information, visit www.warmemorials.org, call 0300 123 0764 or e-mail info@warmemorials.org

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