Work to create a dedicated space for people visiting a war memorial in a north Derbyshire village has started.
Clowne Parish Council – in association with Bolsover District Council – has commissioned artist Andrew Tebbs to create an extension to the existing memorial on The Green, Clowne.
The project will create a space for people visiting the war memorial and will include a large artwork together with a new paved area and seating.
The memorial features the names of more than 100 servicemen, who gave their lives during the two world wars.
More than 800 people gather there each year for Remembrance Sunday.
Coun Karl Reid, parish council chairman, said: “There is a danger with the continuing development of Clowne town centre that the memorial is becoming overshadowed by other neighbouring activities.
“With this in mind, the new development of public art is going to create a new enclosed space, which will re-enforce the central importance of the war memorial to the community and help protect its distinctive identity.”
Parishioners have been involved in a detailed community consultation to find out what people felt was needed to improve the area and what should be incorporated onto the new artwork.
It will include a new area of paving to the north of the memorial, a stone sculpture within the paving and a curved wall containing panels depicting people who contributed to the war effort.