Memorial benches marking 100 years since the end of the First World War are being offered half price to town and parish councils as well as community groups across Daventry District.


Daventry District Council (DDC) is inviting applications for the steel benches, which feature a design incorporating images of soldiers, crosses and poppies.


Town/parish councils and community groups who receive one will only have to pay £300 towards the total, plus any installation costs, with DDC covering the remaining 50%.


Made from 6mm thick steel, the benches are 1.6m long, fully weather-protected, and come with a 25-year guarantee.


Interested groups are urged to submit applications at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/firstworldwarcentenary


The scheme is one of a number of initiatives taking place across Daventry District this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary 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 are 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.


Many of the events and activities will take place within three or so months leading up to November 11, echoing the Hundred Days Offensive – the Allies’ final push along the Western Front which finally broke the military stalemate.


Councillor Alan Hills, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure on Daventry District Council, said: “Millions of people made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War and we must never allow ourselves to forget that. This is one small way in which we can create a lasting memorial to that sacrifice across our District, so we are hoping there will be a good level of support for this initiative.”


Find out more at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/firstworldwarcentenary 

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