Tring councillor asks: ‘Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to commemorate the end of the Great War?”

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A Tring councillor says he is ‘not comfortable’ about plans that have begun to take shape to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.

Nick Hollinghurst spoke to the Gazette after a recent meeting of Tring Town Council heard that the landmark date could be marked later this year by a memorial ceremony.

He said: “I understand that the intention is to highlight the waste and folly of war, but personally I feel this sends a rather odd message to other countries.

“Whereas the end of the disastrous war is to my mind more logical to commemorate than the start.”

The recent meeting heard that a ceremony could be held in Tring Memorial Garden, which was established in memory of people who died in the Second World War.

Mr Hollinghurst, who represents the town on Herts County Council and Dacorum Borough Council as well as the town council, said: “Nobody else said what I said.

“I think the other councillors, like everybody else, are quite anxious to use the commemoration as a criticism and condemnation of war.

“I understand that and we all share the same view.”

He said the commemorative function of Tring Memorial Garden is likely to be extended to include those who died in the First World War.

Councillor Carol Green expressed similar concerns to Mr Hollinghurst’s when the commemoration of the First World War was discussed by Berkhamsted Town Council last year