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Castle Gresley war memorial gets new addition to mark start of WW1

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 22, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A MEMORIAL to people who gave their lives for their country looks set to have an addition ahead of the First World War commemorations.

Castle Gresley Parish Council chiefs revealed that the site at the junction of Mount Pleasant Road and Linton Road would be getting a brand new monument to mark the occasion and it will be officially unveiled in a service in August.

The site has also been spruced up as part of preparations to honour the centenary later this year.

Janice Pallet, chairman of Castle Gresley Parish Council, spoke to the Mail about the work.

She said: "We commissioned a new tablet to be created and placed at the memorial in the village.

"We are going to hold a ceremony on August 16 to dedicate it and then hold an event afterwards, with refreshments, at the Mount Pleasant pub.

"We would like to thank Steve Alexander, who is the stone mason who did the wonderful work for us.

"He also took the time to visit the site and do some work on the existing monuments to make sure the memorial looks as good as it can be for the official dedication.

"We will have a procession to the site and district and county councillors will be at the ceremony. We urge the community to come along."

The new work at the memorial has also allowed for damage caused after a driver ploughed into the site last year to be repaired.

The Castle Gresley war memorial forms a central part of the village's efforts to honour people who have lost their lives.

On Remembrance Sunday, villages gather at the site to pay their respects and lay poppy wreaths.

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