Great Bircham war memorial destroyed

THe War Memorial at Bircham, completely Demolished by a vehicle over the weekend ANL-150902-121232009
THe War Memorial at Bircham, completely Demolished by a vehicle over the weekend ANL-150902-121232009
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A village war memorial may be moved to a different location after it was demolished in a crash.

The remains of Great Bircham’s War Memorial lies in the centre of the village after it was hit by a car on Friday night.

Police have now traced the driver of a blue Seat Ibizia which hit the memorial in Church Lane at 10.45pm. The driver had initially stopped but left before the arrival of officers.

Police have spoken to the driver and say inquiries are continuing.

Chairman of the parish council, Robert Hutchinson, said the memorial will be reinstated but is waiting to hear about the finance.

Mr Hutchinson said: “It looks pretty awful and has been the talk of the village.

“We can’t do anything at the moment until we find out where the finance is going to come from.

“It could not have happened at a worse time with the commemorations of the First World War.”

Mr Hutchinson said the memorial had been knocked over many years ago.

There will now be a debate in the village about moving the memorial and any decision would have to be made by the parish council.

He said: “We will have to reinstate the memorial but whether we reinstate it in another place in the village will be discussed.

“The junction obviously could be improved if the war memorial was not in the middle of it. There is a lot of strength of feeling on both sides about this.

“Some people think it is an iconic part of the village while others feel the junction could improve road safety.”

More than 20 men from the village died in the First and Second World Wars.