U-turn by lottery chiefs raises hope for war memorial (UK)

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A war memorial to commemorate the 16,000 British servicemen who have died since the Second World War appears certain to be built after an about-turn by National Lottery chiefs last night.

Politicians and the public reacted furiously after the £7.4 million project failed to get lottery funding because it was deemed not to meet the criteria for "Living Landmarks".

After interventions by Gordon Brown, the Chancellor, and Tessa Jowell, the Culture Secretary, heads of the lottery said last night that "a way forward" had been found that should enable the outstanding building costs to be met.

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