A statue depicting a British ‘Tommy’ soldier has gone on display in Manningtree at the start of a tour of Tendring.
Bought by Tendring District Council (TDC), the Tommy will feature at a number of Town Hall events as well as appearing in various communities during the coming months.
The first stop on its tour is at Manningtree Methodist Church, where it was handed over by TDC’s Armed Forces Champion Chris Amos to representatives of the church and Manningtree Town Council.
Cllr Amos said the statue would inspire people to reflect and remember all those who had made sacrifices during armed conflict.
“It is wonderful to see the Tommy out on tour, where hopefully it will prompt many people to have a moment of reflection about our Armed Forces both past and present,” he said.
“My role as Armed Forces Champion is to look at how we can support serving and veteran soldiers now and into the future, but it is so important that we also do not lose sight of the past.
“The ‘There But Not There’ campaign from Remembered helps to highlight and commemorate specifically the sacrifice made by soldiers and civilians during the First World War as we mark 100 years since the end of the conflict.”
The Tommy is in Manningtree Methodist Church until June 1, when it will relocate to the town library until June 8.