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Kidderminster war memorial restored
Buy this photo » Remembering our heroes: Front, John Campion, left, and John Russell with, back, Scott Boraston of Kidderminster Memorials, left, and the Rev Dave George at the restored war memorial. Picture: MIRIAM BALFRY. 431333M.
A MEMORIAL in Kidderminster remembering those who gave their lives in war has been cleaned and repaired in time for Remembrance Day.
Many of the 169 names on the war memorial at St John the Baptist Church, Bewdley Road, had become unreadable but it has now been restored by Kidderminster Memorials after ex-serviceman John Russell reached out to residents through The Shuttle for donations.
The project cost about £2,000 and has taken about three months to collect the money and complete the work.
Mr Russell, 79, who served in the Royal Air Force between 1951 and 1960, said: “I am perfectly happy with it. They have done a very good job and the rector [Rev Derek Arnold] and members of the church were very happy with it.
“I should think every one [of the town’s ex-servicemen and women] would be highly delighted.”
Church members and civic dignitaries gathered next to the memorial for an official unveiling yesterday, just over two weeks before Remembrance Day services take place in the town.
Kidderminster mayor John Campion said: “Remembering those that have given their lives to protect the freedom we enjoy every day is an important part of our society.
“I am proud the St John’s memorial has been restored and will now continue to be a fitting tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Mr Arnold, team rector for Kidderminster West ministry, said names on the memorial included young people and family members of people who had been to the church.
“We are really grateful to the people who put money in and we think it is really important for people who gave their lives for us,” he added. “It looks really good.”
A list of the names and regiments of people who feature on the memorial will be put on display in the church, as well as a “thank you” list of people who contributed to the project.
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