Friday, 29th August 2014

War memorial revamp to tie in with anniversary

The war memorial in Kington may be refurbished and enhanced in time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, in August 2014.

The Mayor, Councillor Bob Widdowson raised the issue at the last town council meeting.

Councillor Phillip Williams said he had spoken to a member of the Royal British Legion and they were content to see the town council’s plans.

Councillor Widdowson said he thought work could be carried out to improve the site of the war memorial, which is currently at the car park in the Square, and maybe funds could be raised by public appeal.

Councillor Mick Turner said if the Wesleyan Chapel and its grounds ever belonged to the town, he would like to see the grounds become a memorial garden and the war memorial moved to it.

Councillor Elizabeth Banks said she thought the war memorial could be given a greater presence and the area around it improved to make it much more attractive. She said experts in town could be asked for their ideas of how to improve the site.

Members agreed to consider it and discuss it at a future meeting.

Meanwhile, in Kington on Remembrance Sunday, members of the Royal British Legion led a parade from the Meads on Victoria Road, through the town, to the war memorial.

The Last Post and Reveille was played as townspeople stood shoulder-to-shoulder in silent tribute to the fallen.

Deputy Lord Lieutenant Lawrence Banks laid a wreath on behalf of the Queen, while his wife, Elizabeth Banks, also a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, laid a wreath for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).

Town mayor Bob Widdowson and Herefordshire councillor Terry James also laid wreaths, together with representative from St John Ambulance, schools and youth organisations.

The names of Kington’s war dead were then read out before the parade made its way to the Baptist Church for a Remembrance Day service.

Also on Sunday, Bill Rowlett and Dick Alford, from Kington, were part of a contingent from the Association of Retired Police Officers taking part in the ceremony at the Cenotaph in London.