War memorial plan for village

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A VILLAGE is set to have a war memorial installed for the first time – more than 60 years after the Second World War ended.

The stone cross is to be sited on land in Coal Aston and Dronfield Town Council has now applied for planning consent from North East Derbyshire Council, on behalf of local campaign group Lest We Forget, which has raised several thousand pounds.

Liz Boswell, Dronfield council clerk, said the campaign to provide a memorial followed the discovery in a pub of a plaque bearing the names of 10 local men who had died in the war.

Ms Boswell said: “It was felt that the village should have a war memorial as well as the plaque and the Lest We Forget group has organised the project and raised funds for the memorial.”

Dronfield Town Council provided a grant for £500 and North East Derbyshire District Council has provided £1,000.

The town council is trying to establish who owns the site earmarked for the cross, off Brown Lane and Cross Lane in the village.