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Councils give cash to memorial scheme

Two councils are backing a Royal Leicestershire Regiment memorial campaign by donating £10,000.

Leicester City and Leicestershire County Councils have pledged £5,000 each to the appeal.

The campaign aims to raise £40,000 for a monument to the Regiment at the National Memorial Arboretum.

It is intended that the memorial will be created by next summer to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “With the centenary of the Great War approaching, it is a very appropriate time to reflect on the sacrifices that so many local young men made fighting for their country.

“The Regiment’s campaign to create a touching memorial to the fallen is a worthy cause to which we are proud to add our contribution.”

County Council leader Nick Rushton said: “The Tigers are an important part of Leicestershire’s rich history and a lasting tribute at the National Arboretum is a fitting way to honour and remember the dedication, courage and commitment of the Regiment’s soldiers.

“We are committed to supporting the Armed Forces and I’m pleased that these donations take the appeal to within a whisker of its target.”

Colonel Richard Robinson, President of The Royal Tigers’ Association, said: “On behalf of the Trustees and all members of the Association, I wish to express my deep gratitude to Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council for their extreme generosity.”

To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/tigersappeal

 

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