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Petitioners bid to save Stoke-on-Trent memorial

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These monuments are sacrosanct, like the graves where they are mostly buried and memorials where they are remembered if they are the ‘missing’. Revitalise and reinvigorate interest in them, especially as we enter the centenary years of this dreadful conflict.

First World War Centenary, 1914-1918

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A petition to save a Stoke-on-Trent World War I memorial from demolition has been delivered to Downing Street.

The document, signed by more than 10,000 people, calls on the government to stop the Ministry of Justice selling off the former Fenton Magistrates’ Court that houses the plaque listing 498 men from the Fenton area.

The BBC quotes campaigner Cheryl Gerrard, who was one of around 40 people who went to Downing Street to deliver the petition.

‘What we fear is that a private commercial developer will buy the building and then demolish parts of it to make it viable – or cut off access,’ she said.

‘We hear a lot from David Cameron about the Big Society, but then you’ve got them refusing to work with us over a project like this.’

Fenton community association has said it would consider running the building to restore its ballroom and open a…

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