WW1 memorial faces removal after local says it represents “creeping nationalism” and is “anti-inclusive”

Jul 30, 2020

A WORLD War One memorial could be removed from a village after a complaint its presence represents “creeping nationalism” and “anti-inclusivity”.

Wylam in Northumberland was among thousands of places across the UK to receive a Silent Soldier sculpture in 2018. The life-size metal silhouettes were designed by the Royal British Legion to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War.

But two years on from its installation, officials have now started discussions on removing the monument after a villager complained it was “off-putting”.

In a letter to Wylam Parish Council, the resident, whose identity was not made public, claimed the sculpture was also a sign of “creeping nationalism”, and was “anti-inclusive”

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