A WAR memorial in Cleobury Mortimer has been re-dedicated by the Bishop of Ludlow.

On Saturday, the Bishop, the Rt Rev Alistair Magowan, re-dedicated the memorial, which stands in front of St Mary's church.

Last year, the parish council organised the repair and refurbishment of the War Memorial Garden, which was completed just before the 2009 Remembrance Service, allowing the garden to be formally declared opened by Air Vice-Marshal Sir Colin Terry.

Nearly 60 members and friends of the Cleobury Mortimer branch of the Royal British Legion, including representatives from the county and other branches, gathered in the church for the short re-dedication service.

The congregation was addressed by the Bishop and David Walford read the First World War poem, Before Action, by William Hodgson, written just two days before his death in 1916.

The congregation then processed to the War Memorial Garden for the Bishop's blessing, followed by the first reading of the names of the Fallen to include their Christian names.

That was made possible by the work of Cleobury Mortimer and District History Society. Last Post and Reveille were then sounded by David Taylor, bugler.

In addition to the Remembrance Parade, the branch's next events will be the Harvest Auction on September 10 and a social evening on October 29.

The branch welcomes new members. Ring 01299 270110 for a membership form.