ASHFIELD will finally get a new war memorial to its fallen heroes this summer as work starts after a long campaign.
Around five years of work came to a head on Monday as the first sod was cut at the site of the new monument, on the corner of Mansfield Road and Unwin Road in Sutton.
Campaign group Friends of Ashfield War Memorials raised around £25,000 to get the memorial built.
Said group treasurer Maria Kerry: “It was a marvellous feeling to see the work finally start.
“The campaign has been going on for years but we are finally getting there.”
Recognising British service personnel killed during conflict since 1914, the completed monument will feature an obelisk and garden.
It will be officially unveiled with a special ceremony in June.
On Monday group members and local people who have donated cash to the scheme saw NMC Nomenca, part of the Huthwaite-based North Midland Construction group, start work.
The company is among firms offering their services for free to get the monument built, while local councillors have also given thousands of pounds in funding towards the scheme.
Added Mrs Kerry: “The memorial itself is done, the railings are being finished and the plaques are done, we can’t wait for it to be ready.”