Woodland memorial plan

Sculpture Andrew Vickers.
Sculpture Andrew Vickers.
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Work has begun on a new war memorial to pay tribute to brave South Yorkshire servicemen.

Sculptor Andrew Vickers has been commissioned to create a new piece of work which will be open to visitors at a Sheffield beautyspot.

The memorial will sit alongside his existing sculpture Remorse, a stone sculpture inspired by the observed loss of a son serving in Afghanistan created in 2010.

It will be open to the public in Storrs Wood, Loxley Valley from early next year.

Andrew, of Dungworth, said: “As a professional sculptor I consider this commission a great honour.

“To be allowed to make a public comment on the lives lost and the people left behind, whom I personally hold in the highest esteem, is a privilege.

“No matter what our personal opinions on war, the men and women who give their lives will be remembered.”

Andrew has now been given the go-ahead for a new figure which will be placed on semi-circular stone benches next to Remorse, where visitors will be able to sit and reflect in woodland surroundings with the sounds of the babbling Storrs Brook passing close by.

The memorial was commissioned by former Lord Mayor of Sheffield Graham Oxley during his time in office and was backed by the British Legion.

They form part of Sheffield’s bid to mark the centenary of the World War I in 2014.

Mr Oxley said: “This memorial honours the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces since the end of World War Two and I am pleased we have at last received planning permission to go ahead.

“The cost of this memorial has not been paid for out of Council Tax but from donations.

“I would like to express my grateful thanks to Andrew Vickers and all the people and organisations who have given time and money to make this memorial possible.”