Money is being raised to build a memorial to the horses and mules who were killed during World War I and to help this cause, Flack Manor have launched a commemorative bottled conditioned ale in support of the project to erect a statue in the Town’s War Memorial Park.
The statue will mark the horses and mules that passed through the town during the First World War. In 1915 an Army Remount Camp was established on Pauncefoot Hill with the task of training horses and mules for the front. When the war ended the camp was demolished and the hardcore used to raise the levels of the water meadows that are now Romsey War Memorial Park.
Flack Manor are greatly interested in the wartime history of Romsey and have named several beers after places or events associated with the town. The Romsey War Horse commemorative ale will be available from off licences, local Romsey outlets including the Flak Shack Brewery Store on Romsey Industrial Estate, with more distribution channels planned, and a percentage of the sale of each bottle will go to fund the statue.
The statue is being sculpted by artist Amy Goodman, who has a studio in Quarley near Andover. She has completed the maquette, and is now working on the full size clay model. This will be used to cast the bronze-resin final piece that with be installed in the Park in early 2015.
So far the Romsey War Horse Project has raised £45,000 towards the statue, but another £10,000 is needed, and the commemorative ale will help with reaching the target.
If you would like to help you can send a donation to “WAR HORSE FUND”, The Town Clerk, The Town Hall, Market Place, Romsey, SO51 8YZ.