Pier’s bridge to be dedicated to fallen soldiers?

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THE West Pier link bridge may become a memorial for fallen Whitby soldiers when it eventually reopens.

A proposal to dedicate the new permanent bridge to Andrew Found and Damian Lawrence, who were both killed on active duty in the past three years, was given the unanimous backing of Whitby Town Council on Tuesday.

The proposal has also been given added support by members of the soldiers’ families.

Damian Lawrence (25) served in the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, The Green Howards, but was killed in Afghanistan in 2008.

His mother, Alison, said: “As a mother, when you lose a son you want the town to say ‘we have lost one of our own’, and so it’s a great honour to have something like this take place.”

The proposal was suggested by Windsor Terrace resident Colin Winspear who first spoke to the family of Damian and Andrew Found, of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, serving with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

With the families’ consent he has passed on the idea to WTC and Scarborough Borough Council.

WTC’s Sean Rixham-Smith has heavily supported remembrance services and memorials for Whitby soldiers and said: “I think this is a great opportunity to dedicate the footbridge to the two fallen soldiers we have lost in the past few years, and this is an opportunity we should take.”

Alison Lawrence also praised Sean Rixham-Smith for his assistance as she attempts to get a memorial plaque to the two soldiers installed at St Mary’s Church, alongside the memorials to other Whitby residents who have died while on active service.

“I’ve been fighting for three years to get his name up at the church,” she said.

“I feel his name needs to be remembered, and I’m sure Andrew’s family will feel the same way.

“It’s thanks to the council that we’re finally getting something done as for the past six months Sean Rixham-Smith has really pushed to get them recognised.”