A NEW sculpture and stained glass window dedicated to the SAS will be more relevant for families of present soldiers, says the wife of a veteran.

Coleene Tudor, case worker for armed forces charity SSAFA, said that the new £1 million project in Hereford Cathedral- which was launched last week- will be more relevant to currently serving families than the former St Martin's Church memorials.

The church on Ross Road, already has a stained glass window, a book and homes grave memorials of those SAS soldiers who have lost their lives.

She said: "Having this window will make it a special place for families of serving people and also widows of veterans living in Hereford.

"As well as being a wonderful window it can be a place of peace and tranquility. Now the regiment has moved away from Bullingham Lane people don't use St Martin's Church as much and the monument is not significant for people serving now.

"To have something in the centre of town is something quite special as everybody goes into town."

The nine-metre high window will replacing a plain glass south facing window in the Cathedral's nave and will include 3,000 pieces of European glass in 40 different colours.

It is due to be installed over the winter and unveiled in April 2017.

Colonel Rupert Prichard, president of the SAS Regimental Association, said that the artwork had to have a deep meaning.

He added: "We were after something powerfully simple which had to have a deep meaning.

"We intentionally didn't want a storyline behind this as we want for people to walk past and see what they want to see."