Streets could be named in memory of fallen heroes
STREETS across Gloucestershire could be named after fallen soldiers, if a Labour bid goes ahead.
The political party is writing to all local councils urging them to consider offering bereaved service families the chance to name streets after their loved one.
The move, put forward by shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy and Communities and Local Government Secretary Hilary Benn, will be offered as a lasting memory of those killed in the line of duty.
Gloucestershire's Tony Mason, a retired Air-Vice Marshal, said he would be supportive of the idea if families and communities were in favour.
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He said: "There is not anything original about naming roads and streets after people and there is no reason not to commemorate soldiers in this way. But it is obviously a very sensitive and personal choice.
"Clearly not everybody is supportive of recent actions and war, but it is important that we separate this from those who make this kind of sacrifice."
Former WO1 from the Army Intelligence Corps, Dave Martel, is the chairman of the Cheltenham RBL.
He said: "I think it would mean a lot and it is a great idea and a good way of honouring people.
"We are lucky in the county as we have so many organisations who maintain monuments and plaques in memory of those who have fallen and they do that tremendously well."
Jim Murphy MP, Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary, said: "This is a way for local people to show their solidarity and sympathy.
"A lasting personal memorial would demonstrate the value we place on individuals who have served but been lost in the defence of our country.
"Those who have been lost will always be remembered and loved by their families."