Ambitious plans to build first the war memorial in Doncaster for 20 years can move forward - all thanks to the artistic talents of a school girl.
Creative youngster Rebecca Liddle, 10, has come up with a design for a proposed Edenthorpe War Memorial, which has been accepted by project leaders.
The Edenthorpe Hall Primary School pupil came up with a poppy and Celtic cross design which will form the basis of the memorial and include the names of six soldiers from the village who were killed in the Second World War.
She beat more than 40 other entries from other youngsters with her winning design and was presented with a £10 book voucher by MP Rosie Winterton on Friday.
Her teaching assistant mum Helen, 40, of Edenthorpe, said: “She was really excited when she found out she had won. We told her the design will be seen by people in the village for generations to come.”
The Edenthorpe War Memorial Committee is continuing its efforts to raise about £10,000 for the project and are already more than half way towards their total despite only launching their appeal little over a year ago.
The committee intends to submit a planning application for the structure in the coming months and want it to be sited on land at the junction of Thorne Road and Eden Grove Road. It is believed the memorial would be the first built in the area since the late 1990s, when a monument was built in Sandtoft, North Lincolnshire.
Ex-soldier Harold Scrivens, aged 79, and chairman of Edenthorpe War Memorial Group, said: “We were very impressed by all of the designs, but Rebecca’s stood out. We felt it was important to get young people involved with the project.”