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Councils criticised for ignoring WWI project

Published 17th August 2018

Lord Dannatt, former head of the Army, has revealed that only 160 out of 433 principal councils are backing his project marking the centenary of the end of the First World War. Writing in the Express, he says the remainder have either refused or not replied to his request to install 6ft aluminium silhouettes of soldiers across the country.

The £750 "Tommies" have been bought and installed around the world, including New York and Ottawa. Rowley Gregg, director of There But Not There project, said: “When city authorities all over the world are getting on board but our own local councils aren't, you have to wonder why." A Local Government Association spokesman said: "Councils are leading efforts to enable communities to commemorate the centenary of World War One and pay tribute to those who gave their lives… in a number of ways.”

We have asked the project if they are able to kindly advise how many town, parish and community councils have purchased a “Tommy”.

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