Appeal to fund First World War memorial benches



The council is looking to raise money through public subscription for memorial benches to commemorate the First World War.

The pair of individually-designed ornate benches, forged from metal and decorated with poppy motifs and words of dedication will be placed in the Memorial Gardens, in Wide Bargate.

Boston Borough Council, Boston and District Branch of the Royal British Legion, Boston Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, Canal Zoners and the Boston Veterans Memorial Plaque Committee have made a joint appeal to all to make a contribution, although the council has not revealed the total cost of the project.

There will be an official unveiling and dedication event on the day of the centenary, Monday, August 4.

Businesses, organisations and groups are also being asked to help and schools are to be invited to hold fundraising events.

Coun Peter Bedford, leader of the Boston Borough Council, said: “The First World War may seem to many to be an almost forgotten event from history, even though we mark the end of that war with Armistice Day – the two-minutes silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – and Remembrance Sunday.

“The 100th anniversary is a real mark in history and I hope that all residents of Boston borough will want to play their part in commemorating the triumphs and disasters, the pride and the sorrow and the sheer heroism of so many to whom we must still be grateful for the freedoms we all enjoy today.”

People can make a donation to the appeal using the council’s online payment facility using a debit or credit card, from Wednesday, in person at the Municipal Buildings using a debit or credit card, cheque or cash; or by post using a cheque.

Cheques should be made payable to Boston Borough Council and “Boston First World War Memorial Appeal” should be written on the reverse to indicate what the payment is for. Please note: The online facility to donate will not be available until Wednesday, February 5.

To hold a fundraising event contact Boston Borough Council on 01205 314308 or email andrew.malkin@boston.gov.uk




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