Staff at Ipswich School were very disappointed to find that the Remembrance Doves memorial artwork at the front of the school on Henley Road in Ipswich was vandalised over the weekend of 15-16 December.
Approximately six of the ceramic doves installed on the front lawn of the school to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I have been smashed, along with a floodlight installed to illuminate the display and some other parts of the school frontage.
Headmaster Nicholas Weaver said: “We are very disappointed that someone has vandalised these doves, which were erected to commemorate people in our school community or others close to our pupils who served or who died in World War I. It is hard to understand how anyone could fail to respect what is symbolised by these doves and to be so destructive. It’s not the monetary value of the doves themselves, but the fact that each one is special to an individual pupil at the school which is so saddening.”
The school would like to urge anyone with any knowledge of what happened to damage the display to contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101, quoting CAD number 160 of 17 December 2018.
The Remembrance Doves memorial artwork formed the centrepiece of Ipswich School’s armistice centenary commemorations. The artwork contains around 800 ceramic doves – one for each pupil in the senior school – set up outside the building and suspended from the ceiling of the school’s chapel, and was officially opened by the Mayor of Ipswich on Tuesday 6 November. The display was open to the public on Remembrance Sunday, and the response from the public proved overwhelming with over a thousand queuing to view the doves.