THE STAR SAYS: Veteran Bill is a shining example to Sheffield

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At the grand age of 94, war veteran Bill Carline could be forgiven for putting his feet up now and then.

But in fact the great-grandad, who served in the RAF, has done something incredible for anyone, at any time.

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He has single-handedly raised thousands of pounds - in only a few months - to build a new permanent war memorial in Frecheville.

It will honour the 19 local men who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives for their country during World War Two.

And unlike trees planted to honour the men, and a plaque inside Frecheville Community Centre, it will be there permanently open for generations to remember.

When Bill launched his campaign in January 2014, with a story on the front page of The Star, he said that he was ‘one of the lucky ones who came home, and that’s why I want to do this.’

Months of fundraising followed - and in true Sheffield style local people rallied around to make his vision become reality, penny by penny and pound by pound.

Frecheville pubs and shops flew the flag for the campaign, and the donations flooded in.

Soon plans were submitted to the city council, and after a few technical hold ups, construction work began in June.

On Saturday, which was also the 70th anniversary of VJ Day when World War Two finally ended, the memorial was unveiled.

It’s no surprise that the ceremony will have been an emotional experience for Bill as his dream came true.

On today’s front page he is hailed as a ‘wonder’ for the feat, and praised for his commitment to the cause.

The Star would like to echo those sentiments again.

Bill is a shining, selfless example of what makes our city great.

He went above and beyond, not for personal gain or glory, but to put something which he thought was wrong, right.

In his own words the lifelong Frecheville resident ‘‘set myself out to do something and I’ve achieved it.’

He certainly has.

We should never forget what those brave soldiers who fought in both world wars went through on our behalf.

Thanks to Bill, and everyone who kindly supported his appeal in the community, remembering their sacrifice has become easier in one corner of Sheffield.

Well done to him for making a difference.