New war memorial for Fairfield to be dedicated

The new Fairfield war memorial will be dedicated by Rev Carl Edwards on Saturday
The new Fairfield war memorial will be dedicated by Rev Carl Edwards on Saturday

A new public memorial to honour soldiers from Fairfield who died during conflict will be dedicated this weekend.

The memorial, which features more than 100 names, sits proudly on the former Fairfield bandstand site near St Peter’s Church, after a group of residents felt there needed to be a place for people to go and pay their respects.

The Rev Carl Edwards, vicar of the Fairfield church, said: “Four years ago as we began to approach the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War we felt that it would be appropriate to have a memorial outside, accessible to everyone, to serve as a focal point to remember the fallen.”

There is a memorial window in the church and two rolls of honour, but Mr Edwards said they are seldom seen other than by those who worship regularly.

He said: “With much gratitude for the hard work and generosity of individuals and various groups in our area, I am delighted to say that the project is complete, and although it has been a long haul, Fairfield now has its very own war memorial.”

The dedication ceremony will take place on Saturday September 17 at 10.45am. A wreath will be laid by High Peak Mayor, Councillor George Wharmby. Fairfield Band will be present, as will representatives of the Royal British Legion, the uniformed organisations, local councillors and clergy. Refreshments will be served in the church.