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Ceremony marks Borough’s third World War One memorial bench

A service of dedication was held for the unveiling of a World War One memorial bench in Ellis Park, Oadby on 29 August 2018.

This is the third World War One memorial bench that has been installed by the council in recent months; with the others located in Peace Park, Wigston and alongside South Wigston’s War Memorial.

The service was led by the Rev. Tom Cox, minister of Oadby Baptist Church and the Mayor’s chaplain, with a period of refection led by the Mayor, Cllr David Carter.

They were joined by Peter Bliss from Oadby Civic Society, several ward councillors and senior officers from Oadby & Wigston Borough Council.

The installation of the three benches coincides with the centenary of the end of World War One. They will act as a permanent memorial to all who made the ultimate sacrifice during this unprecedented time in our history – which includes many Borough residents.

Cllr David Carter, Mayor of Oadby & Wigston said: “It was a proud moment and an honour to be part of a ceremony that marks the dedication of the third World War One memorial bench in the Borough.

“Local residents had an input into the bench design and I feel that this fitting and sympathetic design, alongside the poignant message of remembrance, will help make the bench an important place of quiet reflection for many.”

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