Council installs World War I commemorative benches ahead of armistice day
Four specially commissioned benches have been installed across the borough, to commemorate those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice through conflict.
The benches were designed and commissioned as part of Swale Borough Council’s World War I Centenary commemorations, and were installed prior to Armistice and Remembrance services.
Cllr Andrew Bowles, leader of the council and chair of the WWI Steering Group, said:
“Every November, people across the world come together to commemorate the sacrifices made by our armed forces, and these benches offer local people the chance to reflect on and remember this bravery throughout the entire year.
“We are now looking to install further benches, so more local communities have a poignant year round reminder of those who gave their lives for the freedoms we continue to enjoy.”
The WWI steering group has paid for three benches at:
• Faversham Recreation ground
• Sheerness War Memorial
• Central Ave, Sittingbourne
A fourth bench on Borden Lane, Sittingbourne, has been paid for by Cllrs Dewar-Whalley, Hampshire and Horton through the member grants scheme.
For more information about the council’s WWI Centenary projects, visit www.swale.gov.uk/centenary-ww1