First World War memorial benches to be installed District-wide

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Dozens of benches commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War are set to be installed across Daventry District.

Daventry District Council (DDC) received 38 applications for the steel benches after offering them to town/parish councils and community groups at a 50% subsidy.

Payment and delivery arrangements are being made with those organisations, with the aim of having them in place in time for the centenary commemorations on 11 November.

The memorial benches, which feature a design incorporating images of soldiers, crosses and poppies, are just one way the District is commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War

Organisations including DDC, Daventry Town Council, Daventry Museum, Futures Housing Group, the Daventry Branch of the Royal British Legion, the Daventry & District Forum and local churches have been co-ordinating a wide range events in the lead-up to the centenary of the historic armistice of 11 November 1918, which ended four years of fighting.

A commemorative Songs of Praise service featuring Daventry Brass took place at the Holy Cross Church in Daventry on 16 September, while members of the Daventry & District Forum enjoyed a First World War-themed tea dance on 20 September.

People can find out about other events and activities taking place in the lead-up to 11 November by visiting www.daventrydc.gov.uk/FirstWorldWarCentenary

Councillor Alan Hills, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure on Daventry District Council, said: “We were very pleased with the enthusiastic response to the memorial benches initiative. Millions of people made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War and we must never allow ourselves to forget that. 

“We thought this would be a good way for our District to create a lasting memorial to that sacrifice, so I would like to thank all of the organisations who have supported us in achieving that.”