We are honoured to have in Bristol, an unusual and inspired war memorial in the form of a sports ground. The Memorial Ground was created as a war memorial for the 300 Bristolian rugby players who were killed in the First World War. It was intended to be a sport or recreation ground for ever. The whole of The Memorial Ground is a war memorial, not just the entrance gates as some believe.

The Memorial Ground represents our debt to sport, to the local sportsmen soldiers who have served and died for their country. It is a nationally significant war memorial and an important part of Bristol’s heritage. Thousands of spectators, and players, have fond memories of games at The Memorial Ground – it is a Bristol sport icon.

In the centenary years of the Great War, is it appropriate and respectful to build a Sainsbury’s supermarket on this war memorial?

Lest we forget.


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