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Memorial within weeks for 'great Hungerfordian'

Bench and plaque planned in honour of David Holtby

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Memorial within weeks for 'great Hungerfordian'

A PERMANENT memorial to the late district councillor for Hungerford, David Holtby, could be installed and dedicated within weeks.

It has been decided that a bench with memorial plaque should be placed at The Wharf, near the Diamond Jubilee Footbridge.

Paul Hewer (Con, Hungerford) announced the project last month and it was agreed that Hungerford Town Council would be responsible for the logistics and that West Berkshire Council would pick up the bill.

He said this week: “We thought that a spot near the footbridge would be fitting because David was instrumental in pushing that project through.

“In a way, the bridge itself is an undedicated memorial to him.

“It’s hoped that the bench and plaque could be installed within five or six weeks.”

Once installed, there will be a dedication ceremony at which Newbury MP Richard Benyon, a great friend and colleague of Mr Holtby, will preside.

Mr Holtby, following a distinguished military career, had been an elected councillor for Hungerford since 2007 and was vice chairman of West Berkshire Council.

He died suddenly in June 2013, prompting West Berkshire Council leader Gordon Lundie (Con, Lambourn Valley) to remark: “David was a remarkable man who worked tirelessly for the people of Hungerford.”

Mr Holtby was also the election agent for Mr Benyon, who described him as a “great Hungerfordian, great Englishman and a brave and loyal friend”.

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