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Donations come in for First World War memorial benches

Les Budding, left and Frank Thompson, right, of the Boston Veterans Memorial Plaque Committee, receive donations from  Cllrs Richard and Alison Austin. As well as their own donation they also handed over a donation on behalf of Mr Mel Neal.

Les Budding, left and Frank Thompson, right, of the Boston Veterans Memorial Plaque Committee, receive donations from Cllrs Richard and Alison Austin. As well as their own donation they also handed over a donation on behalf of Mr Mel Neal.

Plans for a memorial in Boston to mark the First World War centenary are under way with donations towards the project already coming in.

Members of the public and councillors have pledged money towards the Boston Borough Council project.

A total of 843 people from this area were among the one million who died in the conflict.

The aim is to pay for a pair of specially-designed ornate metal memorial benches for Boston’s Memorial Gardens.

Award-winning blacksmith Tim Mackereth, of Anwick Forge near Sleaford, has been commissioned to design, build and install the benches which will incorporate poppy motifs and dedication panels.

He is now working on the design for the pair of benches for Boston.

Couns Richard and Alison Austin, of Wyberton, have given £200 towards the appeal.

They said: “It is fitting that people of Boston should join together and commemorate in a lasting way the ultimate sacrifice made by former members of this community one hundred years ago.

“These benches will form a decorative, useful, addition to the memorial gardens, enabling people in the future to pay quiet homage to those who have served in conflicts worldwide or just to sit and appreciate the freedom that we enjoy in this country today.”

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

Boston Borough Council, Boston and District Branch of the Royal British Legion, Boston Branch of the Royal Air Force Association, Canal Zoners and the Boston Veterans Memorial Plaque Committee are appealing to all to make a contribution, no matter how small, to help commemorate the event in Boston.

All schools in the borough – as well as businesses, organisations and groups – are asked to help by holding events for the appeal.

l If you plan to fundraise or donate call Andrew Malkin on 01205 314308 or email an
drew.malkin@boston.gov.uk.

 

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