Bromyard's new war memorials

From The Hereford Times - click here....!

 TWO World War One commemorative benches now adorning Bromyard have been dedicated in special services.

The ceremonies included a bugler playing The Last Post and Reveille and were attended by young and old, including Year 10 pupils from Queen Elizabeth School and members of the town's Royal British Legion (RBL).

One bench is outside the Public Hall, next to the `Ann Campbell` Sheep statue, and the other is outside the `Totally Local Charity Shop` in Market Square.

The inspiration for these benches came via Bromyard Mayor Councillor Roger Page following a visit last summer to Leominster, at the suggestion of Lucy Aldridge, where he saw very similar benches.

The mayor invited fellow town councillors, staff of the Charity Shop, members of the RBL, school pupils and the public to attend the dedications.

Both dedications and prayers were led by The Rev Clive Evans, of St Peter’s Church and RBL Branch Padre.

At each dedication he said he hoped people using the benches would sit, reflect and remember those who had given their lives for us.

A two minute silence was led by Mr Norman Dunn, Legion branch chairman, who he sounded the Last Post and Reveille.

The branch standard was carried by Legion youth member Stephen Gow, who dipped it as the the padre started singing the National Anthem, with everyone joining in what was a very moving moment.

At the second dedication the mayor thanked all those involved in funding these benches: Bromyard Town and charity shop manager Monica Malysz, her volunteer staff, its 7 charities and fellow director Fred Clark.

Branch chairman Mr Dunn said the benches were carrying on the Legion sentiment from last year, when the end of WW1 was commemorated.

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