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Damage to Soldier Silhouettes

Written by on 2nd November 2018

Disrespectful vandals have damaged every one of the poignant soldier silhouettes that stand in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, just days before Remembrance Day.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, which commissioned the beautifully-crafted installations to commemorate the Centenary of the end of World War 1, has now been forced to remove the memorials, as they are likely to be beyond repair.

It is hoped that replacements can be borrowed from the Royal British Legion in time for the Remembrance Day Parade and Service which takes place in the Park on November 11.

South Wales Police have been informed of the offences, which come just weeks after several of the silhouettes were damaged by vandals – but on that occasion the memorial installations were able to be repaired.

Councillor Maureen Webber, Deputy Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and the Authority’s Armed Forces Champion, said:

“I am shocked and upset to discover that this has happened again. All of the silhouettes have been damaged, probably beyond repair.

“I find it impossible to believe that anyone does not know just how poignant and significant these silhouettes are. We commissioned them to commemorate the Armed Forces men and women who have served, or are serving, making the ultimate sacrifice to keep us all safe.

“We have spent the last few months getting ready for Remembrance Day at the Park, which itself was bestowed as a war memorial to the people of Pontypridd and beyond.

“People of all ages and walks of life have recently come to the Park to create ceramic poppies that will form a cascade and this, as well as the silhouettes, will create the Walk of Remembrance in the Park.

“That such selfish and disgraceful vandalism can take place on a war memorial at this time of year is beyond belief. We will work with the police to identify the offenders.”