New hope for Battle of Britain Memorial in Weymouth

New hope for Battle of Britain Memorial in Weymouth

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:03pm 24th June 2020. (Updated at 6:58am 25th June 2020)

A project to commemorate the Battle of Britain in Weymouth with a memorial, which has been on hold for 5 years is finally getting off the ground.

A location's been found for the project which came to halt because on a small piece of land at Bowleaze Cove.

Local businessman Jon Davenport, who owns the Beachside Complex at Bowleaze Cove has donated a small piece of land there, for the monument to be built on. 

Local builders M&P Bricklayers Ltd, run by Carl Mutch and Lee Pattison, have agreed to build the Memorial and support the project.

Rob Oliver is behind the idea and will be launching a Crowdfunding page to raise the £8,000 needed.

He says the South West needs some form of memorial dedicated to the battle:

"I think it will be something to be proud of.

"Obviously we've got the one in Kent and we've got the one in London, wouldn't it be nice to have one in Weymouth?"

'The Crowdfunding Campaign' 

Sponser a Hero 2021

The project will be funded by a Crowdfunding page, "Sponsor a Hero", which goes live on the 1st July 2020.

The public will have the opportunity to sponsor the name of one of the 544 young men who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Battle of Britain.

These names will be displayed on three stainless steel plaques, on the front of the memorial, and will comprise the complete Roll of Honour. 

The project's got the backing of Battle of Britain historian Dilip Sarkar MBE.