War memorial for South Yorkshire community

Willmott Dixon Partnerships donates �5,000 to the Friends of Clifton Park, during a special presentation attended by Councillor Rose McNeely.
Willmott Dixon Partnerships donates �5,000 to the Friends of Clifton Park, during a special presentation attended by Councillor Rose McNeely.
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A new war tribute to the men who died in the Second World War will be built in Rotherham.

The community group which was raising funds for a new memorial in Clifton Park, off Clifton Lane, has reached its £30,000 fundraising target.

Friends of Clifton Park had been working hard to get the money together for the past five years to construct a tribute to more than 1,000 Rotherham men.

Construction firm Willmott Dixon Partnerships helped tip the group over its target, handing £5,000 to the project as well as pledging to help dig out the memorial’s foundations.

Treasurer of the Friends group Elaine Humphries, aged 71, a resident of nearby Clifton Grove, said: “Our group decided we would like a World War Two memorial in Clifton Park because Rotherham doesn’t have such a memorial.

“The boundaries have changed twice since the 1940s, and the surrounding villages have memorials, but we decided we wanted one to encompass the whole of Rotherham as it is now.

“We’re so happy to have reached our final target with Willmott Dixon’s help.

“People have been so kind throughout the appeal and this memorial will mean so much to Rotherham. It’s been a long haul – altogether the Friends have put 580 hours into this project, but now we are smiling because we are finally there.”

The memorial will be built in front of the current First World War tribute.

Willmott Dixon spokesman Michael Pearson said: “We’re very pleased to have supported the Friends of Clifton Park with such a worthwhile cause.

“This memorial will recognise an incredibly important part of Rotherham’s history and we’re proud to be a part of it.”