Memorial set to be in place by summer

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PROGRESS is being made on Nicolette Williams’ plans for the new war memorial in Shiregreen Cemetery.

The new monument is to be in the shape of a compass, made from granite, carved by stonemason Alexander Hanson who used to work for Sheffield Council.

Determined Nicolette, who led the appeal for £35,000 to create the monument, said the stone has been ordered from China and the concrete foundations will be laid in the spring.

She said: “We cannot do any work on the site earlier than that because of the weather.

“I hope the memorial will be in place by July next year and the official opening will be in September.”

Nicolette was helped with raising money for the memorial by her mother, her friends and also by Ann Fellows, whose son, Royal Marine Lance Corporal Jamie Fellows, was killed in Afghanistan.

The £35,000 target was finally achieved after South Yorkshire Police held a fundraising boxing show in September, which generated £2,100.

The appeal’s first major success was a £4,100 donation from Brightside and Hillsborough Labour MP David Blunkett, a member of the last Government which sent British troops to Afghanistan .

Nicolette’s appeal has also been helped by donations from members of the public who held their own events and a collection in city bars.

She said she is now taking a break from holding the fundraising second hand stalls for the coming months.

“Last week was Christmas and everyone has new things. Also, the weather is not very good. I’m planning to start back up again in the Spring when conditions are better,” Nicolette said.