War heroes to be honoured

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The design of a commemorative paving stone to honour Ripley and Heanor’s top war heroes has been unveiled by the Government.

The stones are set to honour those awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War.

It is not yet known where the stones will be placed to honour Denby’s Charles Stone or Heanor’s William Gregg to the mark the centenary in 2014 since the Great War.

However, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles this week revealed how the memorial’s will look.

The department held a competition to design the slabs, won by Charlie MacKeith, of London, whose winning entry features a circular design with lettering and materials already used on memorials by the War Graves Commission to make people “pause and remember”.

In a modern twist the design will also feature an electronic reader, which people will be able to scan using smartphones to discover more information about the medal’s recipient.

A total of 400 will be installed nationwide.

Tony Higton, chairman of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Victoria Cross Association – which also covers Derbyshire – said: “It’s a great idea to have these stones and it’s wonderful we have so many local Victoria Cross recipients to commemorate.”

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “It was an honour to reveal the winning design which will take pride of place in our communities and enable people of all ages to appreciate the sacrifices of the fallen brave. The winning paving stone is a fitting tribute.”

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