VIDEO: Remembering Fairfield’s fallen heroes

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Residents turned out to remember their fallen heroes as a new war memorial was dedicated and blessed at the 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 service to dedicate the new Fairfield war memorial

The service to dedicate the new Fairfield war memorial

Rev Carl Edwards vicar of Fairfield church led the ceremony and said: “Fairfield, although part of Buxton, has a very strong sense of identity and it was important that we recognised the sacrifice those people who hailed from Fairfield made.

“This a very important moment in the community’s history.”

The stone plinth with the names on cost almost £8,000 which was raised by donations from the community. By coincidence two of the workers who helped with the project were ex-forces who between them had 12 years’ service across Europe and the UK.

Mr Edwards said: “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 accessible to everyone who wanted to come and pay their respects.”

The new Fairfield war memorial, Rev Carl Edwards led the service

The new Fairfield war memorial, Rev Carl Edwards led the service

During the dedication on Saturday, wreaths were laid and The Last Post rang out.

The new Fairfield war memorial after its dedication service

The new Fairfield war memorial after its dedication service

Fairfield war memorial, Alan Smith laid the wreath on behalf of the Royal British Legion

Fairfield war memorial, Alan Smith laid the wreath on behalf of the Royal British Legion