Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Plans for VC Hero's Statue to Become Reality

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Plans for VC Hero's Statue to Become Reality

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Byline: Mike Brown Reporter mike.brown@trinitymirror.com

PLANS for a statue honouring a war hero who earned the only Victoria Cross awarded on D-Day look set to come to fruition.

The late Stanley Hollis VC, who was from Middlesbrough, received the award for his amazing bravery during the D-Day landings in Normandy 70 years ago.

Now, around PS150,000 is in place to start work on the statue, which is set to stand at the gates of Albert Park outside the Dorman museum, on Linthorpe Road, Retired businessman Brian Bage, 80, of Guisborough, has led the campaign and confirmed that funds are in place for the work to begin - but not immediately.

He said: "Stan Hollis deserves a memorial in his home town. There are generations of people in the town who do not know who he is. Hopefully this statue can change that."

Mr Bage said the construction of the statue's base - which will contain information on Stanley's military career and the names of all those from the Green Howards who were awarded the Victoria Cross - would not begin until after November.

"We don't want to turn the cenotaph into a building site during Remembrance Day, especially in such an important year. The base will be built first, with a small wall around it, and then the bronze statue will be built on top. The contract has yet to be signed, but it should hopefully be complete by February next year."

And in the week where the 70th anniversary of D-Day is commemorated, Stanley Hollis has received another honour - being named a Teesside Hero by the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Society.

Stanley's children, Pauline and Brian, accepted the award on behalf of their father.

Brian Hollis, 81, who lives in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, said: "I think dad would be very pleased with such an award. He was a quiet man but he was very proud of being a Teessider - born and bred in North Ormesby. …

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