Go ahead for Durham Light Infantry statue in Market Place

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PLANS for a memorial statue to the Durham Light Infantry in Durham Market Place have been given the go-ahead.

The bronze sculpture, a single soldier by Edinburgh sculptor Alan Herriot, symbolises the poignant moment after DLI Buglers sounded the ceasefire in Korea in 1953.

It mirrors one unveiled at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire last year, and installation work is expected to start in August, in time for an unveiling ceremony in September.

Trial holes were completed earlier this year to test ground conditions in the Market Place.

DLI memorial appeal co-ordinator, Colonel Arthur Charlton, said: “This is great news that we now have approval for what will be a fitting memorial recognising the history of the County Durham’s own regiment.

“We are now appealing for help to raise the final £25,000 to cover the £75,000 costs of the sculpture.”