Proud new Royal British Legion war memorial for Shirley

SHIRLEY MEMORIAL

A striking new memorial monument has been formally dedicated in Shirley Park, when a Service of Dedication, attended by the Mayor of Solihull Councillor Kate Wild, was held by Shirley British Legion, on Saturday 1st November. Cllr Wild laid a wreath of poppies in remembrance of British servicemen and women.

When the new Parkgate scheme was developed, developer Shirley Advance funded the refurbishment of the building run by the Royal British Legion club. The monument’s predecessor was situated adjacent to the main entrance to Shirley RBL Club so it needed to be dismantled to make way for the new atrium. The new memorial has been constructed in the nearby Shirley Park.

Stonemason Nicholas Bragg, who learned his craft at Worcester Cathedral, created the £20,000 monument with colleagues. Some of the stone features from the original monument, including the elegant cross have been preserved as part of the new design, which is set on a stone plinth and carries a plaque bearing the Royal British Legion badge.

Branch Chairman Mr. Riley from Shirley British Legion said,

“We are delighted that we will be able to honour the generations of British servicemen and women at this wonderful new monument. It is a proud memorial to all those who have gone before us.”

Jonathan Cox of Shirley Advance said,

“This is a fitting culmination of the work we have been doing with Shirley British Legion. We are proud to be involved in the provision of this distinguished monument.”

The Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service will be held on Sunday 9th November. The Parade will assemble at 10am outside the Royal British Legion building in Town Square, Parkgate. The Parade will march off at 10.10 am, en route to St James’ Church where the Service will begin at 10.50, with a minute’s silence at 11am. The Parade will then return to Parkgate at 11.40am.

All are welcome.

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