UDR sacrifice deserves better

THERE should have been no controversy whatsoever about the UDR memorial. It should have been placed in the tranquil and reflective setting of the current UDR memorial in Castle Gardens.

Castle Gardens and the other much larger war memorial have just been very sensitively restored. Placing the UDR memorial behind a council building and on a busy road junction by a bus lay bye will obscure it from sight of most of the major Lisburn streets.

I only became aware of the memorial recently and was dismayed when I saw the actual photos of the bronze statue. The soldier is standing in an aggressive pose. The Greenfinch is behind in what appears to be a clearly subordinate role. The monument manages to appear both aggressive and sexist.

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However, what is probably worse is the stance of the soldier which, if I were to put a pistol in his hand, would parody the nearby statue of the Dublin born East India Company officer John Nicholson.

Nicholson was never a member of the British army and gained a disgraceful reputation in India. After independence the Indian Government removed all statues of Nicholson. All the politicians in Lisburn City Council who have set out to make this monument into a political and sectarian issue should be ashamed of themselves - Unionist, Republican and Nationalist alike. The UDR sacrifice deserves better.

P. Green