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Eastbourne MP Nigel Waterson has expressed his support for the proposal by local people to erect a statue of Henry Allingham in the town. One possible site is the place where a tank previously stood outside the Redoubt.

Nigel said: “I have had a number of constituents contact me and of course there have been supportive letters in the Herald. I would happily give my provisional support to this project.”

“Henry was an iconic figure here in Eastbourne. He lived here for a large part of his life and we all mourned his passing. It was not only sad to lose him, but it marked a decisive break with the past.”

“But I do not think in these difficult times we can expect the taxpayer to stump up, although I would hope the borough council would contribute something along with the site. I need to hear from local people, and perhaps those from further afield who remember Henry with affection. Do they support this project? Can we get it off the ground?”

“If there is enough enthusiasm, then I would look to set up an organising committee to manage the project. I would love to hear from people via my constituency office at 179 Victoria Drive or on email – watersonn@parliament.uk.”

8 Sept 2009