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Plans submitted for Walton hero statue
12:00pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
PLANS have been submitted to place a statue of Walton war hero Private Herbert Columbine.
A group of residents want to commemorate Pte Columbine with a life-size statue.
The soldier, who died aged 24, received the Victoria Cross after holding enemy forces at bay for hours to allow his fellow soldiers to escape at Hervilly Wood, France, on March 22, 1918. He was eventually shot dead.
The medal was presented to his mother, who donated it to the people of Walton when she left the town in 1920.
Frinton and Walton Town Council has now submitted blueprints for the statute to be sited at Marine Gardens on a pathway between the Parade, opposite Suffolk Street, and the Promenade.
The site is currently occupied by a large concrete planter. The bronze statue is being created by renowned sculptor John Doubleday.
Tendring Council is expected to make a decision on the application by October 29.