Plans unveiled for Durham Light Infantry Memorial in Durham City Market Place

Darlington and Stockton Times: The orginal DLI Memorial unveiled in Staffordshire The orginal DLI Memorial unveiled in Staffordshire

PLANS have been unveiled to place a memorial immortalising the sacrifices of the Durham Light Infantry in the heart of the regiment's home county.

Veterans have revealed proposals for a statue in Durham City’s Market Place, where preliminary work is set to start near the Town Hall this week.

The larger-than-life bronze will symbolise a moment a platoon of DLI soldiers sounded the ceasefire in Korea in 1953 from a hilltop on the frontline.

It will be a replica of a statue in the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire unveiled in July 2012 after more than £90,000 was raised -  much of it coming from Northern Echo readers.

While there is a popular museum bearing its name and a DLI memorial garden at Durham Cathedral, campaingers felt it was important there was A more visible monument for people to visit in the city.

Appeal co-ordinator Colonel Arthur Charlton said: “We are delighted that Durham County Council has agreed that the statue can go in the Market Place.

“Based on exploratory drillings test the precise spot has yet to be confirmed.”

He added: “The trustees and the DLI veterans have all wanted the statue to be in the centre, in the Market Place, because it is the most prominent place - and is where all the parades have taken place.

“The statue is of a Korean soldier and DLI paraded through the Market Place on its way to Korea. Durham is the spiritual home of the DLI.

He added: “We have set a symbolic fundraising target of £68,000, because the DLI was the 68th Regiment of Foot.

“But we can’t finalise what the costs are going to be until we know exactly what the plinth has to be like.”

The Northern Echo has thrown its weight behind the fundraising appeal. 

The county council confirmed today (Monday, January 27) it had agreed to help DLI trustees with their request for a statue in Durham.

A council spokesman: “One of the sites under consideration for the location of the sculpture is in Durham Market Place, near to the Guildhall. The trustees will require planning permission.

“Trial holes to determine precise ground conditions, including underground utilities, will start this week.

“Following the trial holes a temporary resurfacing will be in place until any formal decision is made.”

Councillor Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “I am pleased the county council is able to assist the regimental charity in this matter and I am sure that wherever it is sited the sculpture will be a valued feature for both Durham and the County of Durham.”

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12:12am Tue 28 Jan 14

Voice-of-reality says...

What was the point of clearing the market place - if it is now going to be littered with additional statutes? I wholeheartedly agree with a DLI monument in the market place - but surely this was known about when the council spent millions moving the market place around.
What was the point of clearing the market place - if it is now going to be littered with additional statutes? I wholeheartedly agree with a DLI monument in the market place - but surely this was known about when the council spent millions moving the market place around. Voice-of-reality
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1:49am Tue 28 Jan 14

HH1954 says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
What was the point of clearing the market place - if it is now going to be littered with additional statutes? I wholeheartedly agree with a DLI monument in the market place - but surely this was known about when the council spent millions moving the market place around.
Here's a suggestion then V-O-R as you seem to think that old proverb two's company threes a crowd won't work that well in the Market Place.

Lets open up the old public toilets that used to lie beneath the Market Place and bury Lord Londonderry and his horse in them. Sit the DLI soldier on top with gun at the ready to shoot the old tyrant who used his wifes wealth to build himself a canny little house called Seaham Hall whilst at the same time exploiting the miners of Durham to generate even greater wealth.

When he was took down he should never have been put back. Hoy him in the Wear!
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: What was the point of clearing the market place - if it is now going to be littered with additional statutes? I wholeheartedly agree with a DLI monument in the market place - but surely this was known about when the council spent millions moving the market place around.[/p][/quote]Here's a suggestion then V-O-R as you seem to think that old proverb two's company threes a crowd won't work that well in the Market Place. Lets open up the old public toilets that used to lie beneath the Market Place and bury Lord Londonderry and his horse in them. Sit the DLI soldier on top with gun at the ready to shoot the old tyrant who used his wifes wealth to build himself a canny little house called Seaham Hall whilst at the same time exploiting the miners of Durham to generate even greater wealth. When he was took down he should never have been put back. Hoy him in the Wear! HH1954
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6:07am Tue 28 Jan 14

darloboss says...

HH1954 well said
in fact you could call Lord Londonderry the original old fracker although the statue is stunning Lord Londonderrys monument in the market place has always been a smack in the face of the honest working man
HH1954 well said in fact you could call Lord Londonderry the original old fracker although the statue is stunning Lord Londonderrys monument in the market place has always been a smack in the face of the honest working man darloboss
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9:14am Tue 28 Jan 14

smokin says...

the underground toilets are still there they were just filled in with soil when they did the market place up so where they will stand such a heavy plinth is a mystery not near the horse that would be an insult to the DLI
the underground toilets are still there they were just filled in with soil when they did the market place up so where they will stand such a heavy plinth is a mystery not near the horse that would be an insult to the DLI smokin
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12:21pm Tue 28 Jan 14

DaisyBear says...

Oh, for goodness' sake. I wish coal had never been discovered in the North East. Then the region could have revealed its propensity for whingeing and determination to stay as ill-educated, ill-informed and resistant to progress much sooner. The relatively brief period of posterity seems to have given the region a massive chip on its shoulder, whereby they expect prosperity to continue without any injection of reality.

Get over the coal thing - start something new.
Oh, for goodness' sake. I wish coal had never been discovered in the North East. Then the region could have revealed its propensity for whingeing and determination to stay as ill-educated, ill-informed and resistant to progress much sooner. The relatively brief period of posterity seems to have given the region a massive chip on its shoulder, whereby they expect prosperity to continue without any injection of reality. Get over the coal thing - start something new. DaisyBear
  • Score: 3

1:46pm Tue 28 Jan 14

David Lacey says...

Nice to hear a sensible comment Daisybear!
Nice to hear a sensible comment Daisybear! David Lacey
  • Score: 1

2:06pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Agreed David - but what a depressing comment on the 'mentality' of the NE. It is good to see, however, that we have a new realist on the site. I am sure that if coal mining was now to be suggested the area would grumble. Londonderry may have had his faults - but much can be forgiven when the result is a building such as Seaham Hall.
Agreed David - but what a depressing comment on the 'mentality' of the NE. It is good to see, however, that we have a new realist on the site. I am sure that if coal mining was now to be suggested the area would grumble. Londonderry may have had his faults - but much can be forgiven when the result is a building such as Seaham Hall. Voice-of-reality
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3:38pm Tue 28 Jan 14

sineater says...

Londonderry had his faults !! he refused to give his tenants decent housing,instead he chucked them out of work and a home ,and brought in scab labour to replace the people he got rid of .No wonder you two want to forget about his actions, People like Londonderry are the reason labour nationalised the coal industry. Workers are not tools to cast aside when you are done with them. Londonderry would do well if he was here today, because he would probably be a minister in the present government !!
Londonderry had his faults !! he refused to give his tenants decent housing,instead he chucked them out of work and a home ,and brought in scab labour to replace the people he got rid of .No wonder you two want to forget about his actions, People like Londonderry are the reason labour nationalised the coal industry. Workers are not tools to cast aside when you are done with them. Londonderry would do well if he was here today, because he would probably be a minister in the present government !! sineater
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3:44pm Tue 28 Jan 14

sineater says...

Nice to see you talking about reality VOR, you come out with the same stock comments for certain subjects,time to clean your stylus your record is stuck.Face reality, as I've just said Londonderry would not be out of place in the current government,and unfortuantly,his brand of "reality" is all to prevelant today !!!!!
Nice to see you talking about reality VOR, you come out with the same stock comments for certain subjects,time to clean your stylus your record is stuck.Face reality, as I've just said Londonderry would not be out of place in the current government,and unfortuantly,his brand of "reality" is all to prevelant today !!!!! sineater
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3:54pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Londonderry would be out of place in the current government. Londonderry turfed out his tennants and gave them no support. In contrast, the present administration provides welfare apyments, advice on moving to accommodation suitable to one's needs, child care assistance, free training, reduced council tax bills and has promised to raise the minimum wage. Londonderry would indeed be out of place in the current government which continues to support and help those who are preapred to work. Leaving people on the scarp heap and doing nothing for them would, however, be a suitable epitaph for the legacy of new labour in the north east... poverty, underachieivng, all ramined - then again - it is in labour's interest to keep the workers down and uneducated - the party relies on that state for its votes.
As for Labour nationalising the coal mines - yes Labour did - and it was also under Labour that the majority of mines closed. Uk coal being its most successful and productive in the late 1920s (when it was privately owned).
A modern day Londonderry would, I supsecyt, have no truck in sorting out the benefit bill.
Londonderry would be out of place in the current government. Londonderry turfed out his tennants and gave them no support. In contrast, the present administration provides welfare apyments, advice on moving to accommodation suitable to one's needs, child care assistance, free training, reduced council tax bills and has promised to raise the minimum wage. Londonderry would indeed be out of place in the current government which continues to support and help those who are preapred to work. Leaving people on the scarp heap and doing nothing for them would, however, be a suitable epitaph for the legacy of new labour in the north east... poverty, underachieivng, all ramined - then again - it is in labour's interest to keep the workers down and uneducated - the party relies on that state for its votes. As for Labour nationalising the coal mines - yes Labour did - and it was also under Labour that the majority of mines closed. Uk coal being its most successful and productive in the late 1920s (when it was privately owned). A modern day Londonderry would, I supsecyt, have no truck in sorting out the benefit bill. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 1

3:56pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Excuse the typos - the carriage is a little rocky today
Excuse the typos - the carriage is a little rocky today Voice-of-reality
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4:06pm Tue 28 Jan 14

DaisyBear says...

Thank you, Sineater, for proving my point.

Backward-looking, bitter whingeing will not bring new opportunities to the North East - why would anyone want to bring industry or business here?

Move on.
Thank you, Sineater, for proving my point. Backward-looking, bitter whingeing will not bring new opportunities to the North East - why would anyone want to bring industry or business here? Move on. DaisyBear
  • Score: 1

4:41pm Tue 28 Jan 14

settheworldonfire says...

Another statue in an already cluttered market place...What an idea....
Come on lets get out of the past and look to the future....
What about a statue of BUZZ LIGHT YEAR NEXT.....
This country still lives in the past...I suppose there will be loads of first world war memorials going on in and around Durham as well....TIME TO MOVE ON..
Plus i was a member of the 3rd battalion light infantry and along with thousands of others who served could not really give a toss....Always the older soldiers who want these memorials....
Another statue in an already cluttered market place...What an idea.... Come on lets get out of the past and look to the future.... What about a statue of BUZZ LIGHT YEAR NEXT..... This country still lives in the past...I suppose there will be loads of first world war memorials going on in and around Durham as well....TIME TO MOVE ON.. Plus i was a member of the 3rd battalion light infantry and along with thousands of others who served could not really give a toss....Always the older soldiers who want these memorials.... settheworldonfire
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9:57pm Tue 28 Jan 14

sineater says...

DAISY BEAR, Try reading my posts properly,like the point about Londonderry fitting in seamlessly into the present government, going from him to the present day cabinet there is no difference in their attitude to workers.So you think we should forget about the past,, why if you forget lessons from history,you run the risk of the same bad things coming round again. The tories broke the power of the unions,now they are setting working people against each other while cutting wages,and jobs,they are working their way back to the conditions of work we had in Londonderrys time,when bosses did what they wanted with workers.
DAISY BEAR, Try reading my posts properly,like the point about Londonderry fitting in seamlessly into the present government, going from him to the present day cabinet there is no difference in their attitude to workers.So you think we should forget about the past,, why if you forget lessons from history,you run the risk of the same bad things coming round again. The tories broke the power of the unions,now they are setting working people against each other while cutting wages,and jobs,they are working their way back to the conditions of work we had in Londonderrys time,when bosses did what they wanted with workers. sineater
  • Score: -1

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