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Funding shortfall fails to stop Armed Forces Memorial from going ahead

Fundraising for Liam O'Connor's new Armed Forces Memorial is still £1.7 million short - although work started on site in October.

The scheme, near Lichfield in Staffordshire - which received a recent £2.8 million cash injection from the Millennium Commission - aims to mark the contribution of the 16,000 British servicemen killed in action since the end of the Second World War.

O'Connor's design won a competition earlier this year, beating several Modernist entries by the likes of Chris Dyson.

But its backers are unconcerned by what seems to be a large financial hole. 'The whole thing is being underwritten by the Ministry of Defence so it will be paid for,' a spokesman for the project said.

'We still have a couple of campaigns up our sleeve that will hopefully come up with the money,' she added.

by Ed Dorrell

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