Veterans fume at placing of new war memorial

Veteran John Mitchel of the Suez Veterans Association is angry at the placing a new memorial

Veteran John Mitchel of the Suez Veterans Association is angry at the placing a new memorial

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Uproar has engulfed a veterans association after it was told that a new war memorial would not be placed in the centre of Enfield.

The Suez Veterans Association was hoping to see a memorial to commemorate those who have died in battles since the Second World War placed at the heart of Enfield.

However, the disgruntled group have expressed their disappointment to discover the memorial is destined to be placed in Albany Park, to the east of the borough.

Association member John Mitchell, of Handbury Drive, in Winchmore Hill, fought in the Suez Crisis in Egypt during the 1950s and told the Enfield Independent of his discontent about the decision.

He said: “The association is very disappointed that the memorial is not going to be in the centre of the town where it belongs.

“We feel very let down that we have not been consulted in the makeup of the memorial or where it will be placed, it has all gone under the radar.”

Mr Mitchell claims that the monument will miss out on war parades that pass through Enfield Town.

He said: “All parades pass the Enfield civic centre where the arctic convoy memorial is placed and it would go very well alongside it.

“But being stuck out in Albany Park would see us forgotten about during the parade and I am sure many veterans who join the parade’s would want to honour the people who have fought since the Second World War.”

Plans are yet to be revealed as to what the memorial will look like.

Gina Needs, of The Friends of Albany Park revealed that the park’s connection with both world ward means it is a suitable place for the memorial.

She said: “We would welcome the memorial being situated in Albany Park, as the park played a big part in both wars.

“Not only was the park used to grow produce, but according to members of the older generation I have spoken to, the school building (formally Albany School) was also used as a hospital/fire station.

“I think it would be fantastic to have a memorial here on this side of the borough so as those living locally would be able to pay their respects.”

Councillor Chris Bond, cabinet member for environment, said: “We wanted to put the memorial on Chase Green but that was turned down by friends of the green.

It is very difficult to have it at the Civic Centre because we already have a number of memorials there and this is going to be a very large and detailed tribute to those who have fought post World War Two.

“Having the memorial at Albany Park means that we have a memorial in all corners of the borough and the Friends at Albany Park are very keen to have the memorial.

“All parties want the same thing and that is to commemorate the people who lost their lives in battle since 1945.”

Enfield North MP Nick de Bois admitted he was disappointed at the selection of Albany Park.

He said: “It's disappointing that the Council’s initial support for this memorial now seems to be turning into only lukewarm support.

“This tribute to the brave armed forces personnel from all post 1945 campaigns including Suez should sit proudly at a Central Enfield location. I hope the Labour council will show due respect to the wishes of the veterans and choose a more suitable location than Albany Park.”

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4:31pm Mon 25 Aug 14

p.g.jann@btinternet.com says...

The memorial should be given greater prominence because people do forget and forgetting means that we will repeat the same mistakes again.

I went to the Army Museum in Chelsea where the Suez campaign was not even mentioned. It was almost as if it never happened.
The memorial should be given greater prominence because people do forget and forgetting means that we will repeat the same mistakes again. I went to the Army Museum in Chelsea where the Suez campaign was not even mentioned. It was almost as if it never happened. p.g.jann@btinternet.com
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