There but not there

Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

The borough of Havant will join a national campaign to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

As part of the borough’s commemoration of Armistice on 11 November the installation of 15 transparent seated military figures will be taking their position around the borough from mid October to honour the fallen.

The silhouettes will be placed in various community locations to depict the shadows of soldiers left absent in the wake of the war.

A permanent sculpture, known as Tommy, will also be installed outside The Plaza and unveiled during a short ceremony on Friday 9 November at 11am.  The specially designed metal figure depicting the outline of a lone soldier is in support of the ‘There but not there’ campaign.   

Councillor Leah Turner, Cabinet lead for Communities, Development and Housing, said: 

"We at Havant Borough Council are totally committed to supporting our armed forces, those serving now and our veterans. As a part of this we are delighted to support the 'There but Not There' project.

"The silhouettes residents will see dotted around the borough are the symbol of those lost in WW1, with each one representing a fallen soldier. We are pleased to be part of this nationwide tribute."

The campaign seeks to commemorate those who died in the First World War, educate all generations to understand what led to the deaths of 888,246 British and Commonwealth service personnel and heal today’s veterans who are suffering from mental and physical wounds.

More information on where in the borough you can find the silhouettes.