Exmouth to have Devonshire Regiment memorial in Phear Park

PUBLISHED: 15:48 27 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:54 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH is to have a permanent memorial in Phear Park dedicated to the Devonshire Regiment.

EXMOUTH is to have a permanent memorial in Phear Park dedicated to the Devonshire Regiment.

The battalion, which was established in 1685 has taken part in many conflicts over the last three decades including the Boer War, the battle of the Somme in the First World War as well as playing an important part in the Normandy landings during World War Two.

The memorial will cost £2000 and has been made possible with a £1000 donation from Devon County councillor Eileen Wragg from her county committee budget.

Councillor Wragg said: "This memorial will serve as a permanent reminder to relatives and surviving members of the regiment which gave illustrious service throughout its 322 year history. It will be the focal point for reunions and a place of reflection and remembrance."

The memorial will be made from granite stone, stand approximately 30 inches high by two-feet wide, and bear the name and badge of the regiment and when it was formed.

The memorial opening is scheduled for the weekend of June 5-7 in 2009 in Phear Park to commemorate 100 years of the park's return to the people of Exmouth.

Memorial fundraiser Lionel Howell said the weekend event promised a host of entertainment over the three days, including the former Devon and Dorset band, Salamanca, US Navy colour party, Royal Naval historic flight, a 40s night and picnic, dog show, teddy bears' picnic and 10-circuit run around the park, with cups and prizes for the winners.

Some 100 specially-designed centenary mugs will also be given as prizes over the weekend.

Mr Howell said he was keen to hear from people with dance groups, musicians, trade stands and children's entertainment. "This is a community event and we hope people will offer their support," said Mr Howell.

"We welcome all sorts of challenges, displays, games and anything the public would like to arrange to help the fun along.

"The weekend will cost us £5,500 to stage so we hope people will support the park and show their thanks to the heirs of Sir John Budd Pear, who gave this beautiful park to us all to enjoy as recreation grounds, gardens and open space.

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