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War hero memorial gets go-ahead

Planning permission has been granted for a sculpture to be erected in Tamworth honouring war hero Colin Grazier.

The move is the culmination of the Tamworth Herald’s long-running campaign to secure his place in history.

The sculpture is to be placed in St Editha’s Square in the heart of Tamworth, and the Herald hopes to unveil it at a special ceremony on October 27 – just three days before the 60th anniversary of Grazier’s death.

Herald deputy editor Phil Shanahan, who is also chairman of the Colin Grazier Memorial Committee, said: “This is the icing on the cake for us.

“The campaign has been a bigger success than we could have dreamed of and now we have secured what we consider to be the key location for a monument of international importance. It is the end result we have all been hoping for.”

Grazier was one of three men involved in an operation to retrieve secret Enigma codes from a German U-boat during the Second World War which is said to have shortened the length of the war.

The sculpture consists of three anchors, which represent the three heroes, held in place by a genuine anchor chain.

The main part of the sculpture is 15ft tall and will stand on a 7ft high basse rising out of a circle of cobble stones.

A separate brass plaque will tell the story of the men’s bravery.

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