Will you help in plea to save DLI Museum?

Some of those opposed to the closure of the Durham Light Infantry Museum in Durham.
Some of those opposed to the closure of the Durham Light Infantry Museum in Durham.
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A vigil will be held as supporters call for a rethink on a museum’s future.

A vigil will be held as supporters call for a rethink on a museum’s future.

Sunday will see the Save the DLI group gather in the Market Place in Durham on Sunday, with its members calling out for others to join them dressed in green and take along a torch with a filter of the same colour to represent the uniform of the regiment.

They expect around 500 people to attend.

The group has already attracted more than 25,000 members to its Facebook page, with more than 7,500 names added to a 38 Degrees petition asking Durham County Council to stop the closure.

In addition to opposing the proposed move of the collection to Spennymoor, the campaign believes any redevelopment of the site, near County Hall in Durham, would upset the families of soldiers whose ashes have been scattered in the grounds.

Retired police officer John Stephenson, 47, from Horden, is helping to lead the group and said: “The DLI was the top regiment for the county and it has a huge history.

“The history about the sacrifice these men and others made who were from our area should be where our families can see it in the future.”

The council has said its plans would mean the exhibits at the museum would be seen by a wider audience and it is stored now is expensive and inefficient.

It also says the building requires “significant investment” with and the stores for the collection no longer secure.

Sunday’s vigil will be held at 6pm and will also feature members of the DLI reenactment group.