Donation supports council’s Roll of Honour restoration effort

Published: Monday, 5 February 2024

Oadby & Wigston Borough Council (OWBC) has recently led on restoration work to repair and rejuvenate the Wigston Roll of Honor Memorial positioned near All Saints Church in Wigston.

Reverend Christopher Johnson, donor Dean Curtis and Cllr Bill Boulter at the restored Roll of Honour

(Reverend Christopher Johnson, donor Dean Curtis and Cllr Bill Boulter at the restored Roll of Honour.)

The Roll of Honour lists the names of our fallen heroes from the First and Second World War, but over time had begun to fall into disrepair.

The project to restore the memorial came to fruition thanks to both OWBC’s Cllr Bill Boulter and the church’s Associate Vicar, Reverend Christopher Johnson. The work was funded by OWBC and through an incredibly kind donation from former Wigston resident Dean Curtis.

Dean chose to make the donation in memory of his late mother Carol Ann Curtis, who passed away in 2022. Dean said: “My mum always treasured the memorial and was delighted that I wanted to help to fund its restoration, seeing the names of our war heroes restored is incredibly important to my mum and to me too, we must never forget them.”

Cllr Boulter said: “The borough council is a proud signatory of the Armed Forces Community Covenant and committed to honouring the war heroes we have lost and supporting the many veterans that call our borough home.

“Restoring the Roll of Honour is a small but significant effort and I want to express my gratitude to Mr Curtis for his incredibly kind donation.

“The memorial means a lot to people in our community, and Mrs Curtis was one of those people. It’s with great pride this work has been completed and the memorial can now stand proudly for many years to come in its restored state.”