CAMPAIGNERS are planning to stage a demonstration on Remembrance Sunday in protest against a council's decision to uproot Crewe's war memorial.
Members of the Memorial Action Team (MAT), say they will snub Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council by cutting short a traditional march.
Veterans and ex-servicemen normally file past the Municipal Buildings following the traditional Sunday Service at the memorial on Market Square.
But this year MAT members say they will refuse to continue the march past the council buildings following the decision to move the monument.
MAT leader Frank Jones, 70, said: 'This is a show of protest that many members of the group support. They don't feel the council deserves the respect after what it has done.
'By deciding to move the memorial they are insulting the memory of people who died fighting for the town, and we feel it would not be right to ignore that.
'What we won't be doing, however, is interrupting the Remembrance Day service on the square. We will all be showing our respects in a dignified way.'
Plans for the protest were revealed at a public meeting held by MAT in Crewe's Crosville Club on Wednesday night.
The group also plans to interrupt council meetings, and stage a series of sit-down and stand-in protests at the monument.
One plan is for members of the team to take it in turns to stand in silence at all four-corners of the cenotaph and form a symbolic 12-hour guard.
Mr Jones, from Scott Avenue, Crewe, said: 'We may have lost the battle but we haven't lost the war. We will continue to fight these plans if we get the support we need.'
At the meeting, which saw more than 60 people vent their fury, MAT member Derek Bebbington, 42, said: 'This is the only thing the council will listen to.
'If they're ignoring our views we need to embarrass them. That's the only thing they seem to care about.'
Former soldier Andrew Larkin, 29, from Wistaston Green Road, Crewe, put forward the idea of the protest.
He lost two friends in Bosnia. 'I think about them every time I go past the memorial,' he said.
Borough council leader Peter Kent said: 'I appreciate the strength of feeling but there's a limit to how far they should pursue it. I'm not sure it's appropriate to mar Remembrance Day.
'A lot of ex-servicemen who dis-agree with what they're doing. They don't represent everyone, by any stretch of the imagination.'