Memorial to Sheffield's fallen

Senior Aircraftsman Christopher Bridge Credit: Ministry of Defence

A NEW war memorial will be unveiled in the Sheffield suburb of Shiregreen - the culmination of a dream by two women to honour their sons and other victims of war.

Nicolette Williams and Ann Fellows have raised £35,000 to fund the memorial and have been the driving force behind the unveiling.

Nicolette's son, RAF Senior Aircraftsman Christopher Bridge was killed in Afghanistan in 2007, aged 20; and Ann Fellow's son, Royal Marine Lance-Corporal Steven Jamie Fellows was killed the following year, aged 26.

The new memorial, at Shiregreen Cemetery, is made of granite and incorporates a compass with a teardrop pointer and a dove of peace. The base represents a map of Britain and Union flag, and the upright section rests, appropriately, on Sheffield.**

In addition to honouring the Afghanistan victims, the memorial is also for men and women who, from 1939, gave their lives in the service of their country. What they have in common is that they were all from Shiregreen. Sheffield** Lord Mayor Coun John Campbell will attend the ceremony.

The theme of peace will be echoed by David Blunkett MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, who has given his support for the memorial project from the start.

David Blunkett MP Credit: Press Association