Monday, August 11, 2008

Chavasse memorial to be unveiled in Abercromby Square.

Capital of Culture has been good so present we are all going mental trying to see as many SuperLambBananas before they are auctioned off at the end of the month. Gutted I missed the tall ships but duty called.

One of the annoying things about the whole thing however has been that Liverpool One shopping centre being plonked on top of Chavasse Park. God knows how much it's cost and essentially all it's done is moved a load of well established shops 50 yards down the road whilst leaving Church Street feeling distinctly ropey.

On top of this is that a load of concrete commercialism is definitely NOT a fitting replacement for a park named after Noel Chavasse. Double Victoria Cross winners deserve better and at the end of the week the city is going to recitfy this :

"A STATUE commemorating Noel Chavasse, only British winner of the VC and bar, and all of Liverpool’s Victoria Cross recipients, is about to be unveiled.

After three years of fundraising, the statue, by city sculptor Tom Murphy, will be situated in Abercromby Square where the Chavasse family once lived.

The memorial, which depicts Captain Chavasse and a Liverpool Scottish stretcher bearer attending a wounded soldier, will be unveiled in the course of a drumhead service on Sunday, August 17."
Read the rest of the report here : City poised to unveil double VC hero statue.

Seriously it's the least this man deserves. Read his Wikipedia page : Noel Godfrey Chavasse VC and Bar MC.

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