Views sought on inscription

The inscription for the new war memorial set to be installed at Dock End has been revealed - as a local survey shows overwhelming support for the project.

Whitby Town Council has purchased the granite tribute and is seeking feedback on two verses which will be inscribed into two sandstone blocks.

One at the foot of the obelisk will read “When you go home tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave today” and the top plinth will read “Pass not this stone in sorrow, but in pride and live your lives as nobly as they died.”

Coun Sean Rixham-Smith, who is on the working party, told the Gazette the town council wanted the views of local people and plans would be progressing quickly in the new year.

He said: “The inscription has come from suggestions that have been given to us already and we are looking for feedback from the community of Whitby.

“We want it to be a community project and to have as much involvement as possible really.”

The idea for a war memorial central to town appears to have gone down well with the public but not some community groups.

Amanda Smith, chair of Whitby in Bloom and also a town councillor, has written to WTC on behalf of members saying the West Cliff is a more appropriate setting because the bustling nature of Dock End doesn’t allow for quiet contemplation.

But, local resident Colin Winspear did a straw poll which revealed out of the 439 signatories, 420 (just over 95 per cent) would prefer for the memorial to be sited at Dock End, whereas only 20 preferred West Cliff.

Photographs and plans for the memorial are available for the public to view at www.whitbytowncouncil.gov.uk