War memorial could be work of community

First published in Salisbury Letters

I WALKED past a neighbour's house the other day and their newly delivered wardrobe was standing in the middle of the yard. Seen from the rear it looked rather odd, but when seen from the front, it looked fine. It was just not designed to be freestanding.

This made me think of the war memorial in front of the Guildhall. This, also, is not meant to be viewed from the rear. Positioned where it is, it shouldn't have a front and a back.

It should be attractive from all sides, like the Cenotaph. Solving this is not a problem, but an opportunity.

A friend told me that there are some names missing from the plaque on the memorial and, presumably, some names to add from more recent conflicts.

A stone 'shrine', if that is the correct word, could be built on the rear with a plaque showing the missing names.

The metal plate could be hinged to allow access to the electrical conduits.

All the work could be done locally.

A Salisbury architect could draw up plans based on ideas contributed by local people, and the cathedral masons could carve the stonework.

I believe that we should, at all costs, avoid large committees, consultants, world famous sculptors etc.

It should be by Salisbury, for Salisbury.

It's just a thought.

Richard Tambling, Salisbury

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