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Walton: War hero statue given seafront green light
6:00pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
FUNDRAISERS have been handed permission to put a spectacular statue of a Walton war hero in pride of place on the town’s seafront.
A group of residents have been raising cash for a life-sized tribute to Private Herbert Columbine for more than two years.
The soldier died in the First World War, sacrificing his own life to keep enemy soldiers at bay while his comrades escaped.
And it has now been confirmed a statue of the hero will become a centrepiece on Walton seafront.
The fundraisers who have worked tirelessly to raise the necessary cash submitted a planning application through Frinton and Walton Town Council.
This week they found out that Tendring Council had granted full approval, and the statue will be placed in the centre of Marine Gardens, just off the promenade.
Columbine Statue Fund chairman John Selfe said: “We are delighted to get the go ahead.
“It will look fantastic on the seafront, and will be in pride of place for residents and visitors alike to enjoy and learn about the Private’s inspiring story.”
The statue will cost a total of £52,000, and the fundraisers have already raised more than £48,000 including pledges.
It should be ready for installation next year – in time for the centenary of the start of the First World War.