War statues could soon be replaced if civic society can raise £15,000

The Lamp of Memory statue, stolen from Todmorden Garden of Remembrance twenty years ago

The Lamp of Memory statue, stolen from Todmorden Garden of Remembrance twenty years ago

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A civic society is desperate to replace two stolen war time statues.

The statues, The Lamp of Memory and The Shield of Honour, were stolen 20 years ago from the Remembrance Gardens in Todmorden.

The works of art were sculpted by Gilbert Bayes, a well-known sculptor from London, whose parents were originally from Todmorden, and were erected in 1921 to honour the fallen Todmorden soldiers of the First World War.

The estimated cost of the project is £15,000 and the Civic Society hope this will be met by fundraising events and individual private donations, as well as grant funding.

Chair of Todmorden Civic Society Paul Clarke said: “Having a three-year timescale for the project in order to commission some replicas of the statues in time for the anniversary makes it an achievable goal.

“The reason we’re aiming for 2014 is that it’ll be 100 years since the start of World War One. We’ve put in an application for funding to the War Memorials Trust which is currently being considered, so we’re very hopeful.”

The garden was designed by London Architect, Norman Thorp, the son of the late Dr C.W. Thorp of Todmorden.