Heroes remembered with a new war memorial in Fairfield

The war memorial in Fairfield has now been finished and stands on the former bandstand outside St Peter's Church.
The war memorial in Fairfield has now been finished and stands on the former bandstand outside St Peter's Church.
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A new public memorial to honour soldiers from Fairfield who died during conflict has been completed.

The memorial, which features more than 100 names, sits proudly on the former Fairfield bandstand site near St Peter’s Church, although currently there is no dedication date of when the monument will be blessed.

Church warden Marion Wright started mowing the lawns in the church nearly two decades ago and noticed there was no war memorial. In 2013, she decided to change that.

She said: “It has been a long and sometimes difficult process involving delays that were unavoidable, but I am so proud and pleased that there is something that acknowledges the sacrifices made by so many for our freedom.”

Inside the church the east window is dedicated to the men who lost their lives in the First World War. Marion stressed this new tribute did not detract from the old one.

She explained: “Less and less people are going to church and the building is shut up for most of the week so I felt a public memorial was needed. So many people have got behind our campaign and helped to fund this, so thank-you to everyone over the years.”

The stone and brass plinth cost almost £8,000 and by coincidence two of the workers who helped with the project were ex-servicemen who between them had 12 years’ service across Europe and the UK.