Cyprus Memorial Rock – Latest news
By Margaret Sheard…..
Great news, the date for the unveiling of the Cyprus Memorial Rock has now been confirmed as Sunday 21st August 2016 at 11am and we are sure many Cyprus veterans and families of those who served in Cyprus will attend this momentous occasion.
Following is the further update from David Littlemore who has worked so hard to bring this wonderful memorial to fruition. He still needs support with funding so please try and help if you can by making a donation which can be done either directly with David by contacting him on firstname.lastname@example.org or through the gofundme account by clicking here
“Things are happening now at a faster pace, with more funding coming in through the “gofundme” website, thanks to “cyprusscene.com”. We do need to continue with the fundraising as we still have some way to go to achieve our goal. Keith Rackham, the stonemason who was responsible for the Cyprus Memorial in North Cyprus, is now working on ‘0ur Rock’ and I am contacting all of the 46 regimental associations to ask them to donate £100 each to enable Keith to engrave all the regimental badges on the base that he is going to make at the NMA.
The other big news is that the date has now been agreed by the NMA for the Unveiling of the Memorial Rock, this going to be on Sunday the 21st of August 2016 at 1100hrs.
When I first started to plan the Cyprus Memorial for the NMA I considered the possibility of including the 19 British police officers who also lost their lives in the Emergency, but thought that the idea though appropriate would probably be even more bureaucratically challenging, so did not continue with it. However a number of our colleagues have since suggested that the Memorial should include the 19 police officers. Last week I was informed that the body representing those 19 police officers would be attending the Unveiling with their memorial banner. You may recall that two years ago they had a separate memorial to the police officers placed next to the military memorial in Kyrenia North Cyprus. I now plan to include the names of the 19 British police officers, who gave their lives at the same time as our lads, in the same capsule to be laid to rest inside “Our Rock” together. I do hope that you agree.”
We have received news from Major Brian Thomas BEM, the Chairman of Royal British Legion Kyrenia Branch that they will be sending back the Kyrenia Branch Standard for the unveiling as well as the Police Roll of Honour Trust Standard.
We would have very much liked to be present for the unveiling but unfortunately this will not be possible, although we intend to visit the Arboretum on our next visit to the UK later in the year to see this wonderful memorial to the British personnel who lost their lives in Cyprus between 1955 and 1959 and have not received recognition in the UK until now.