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Castle Gresley war memorial unveiled

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

Ted Pates unveiling the memorial.

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THE sound of the Last Post echoed across a South Derbyshire village as a memorial to those who gave their lives for their country in the First World War was unveiled.

Dozens of people gathered at the Castle Gresley memorial at the junction of Mount Pleasant Road and Linton Road on Saturday to see the new monument officially opened by village resident Ted Pates.

Mr Pates was asked to dedicate the marble tablet after he came up with the inscription that was carved into it.

Janice Pallet, chairman of Castle Gresley Parish Council, spoke to the Mail after the unveiling.

She said: “It was an excellent day that was well attended.

“We would like to thank Ted Pates for coming up with the inscription for the new memorial and also for writing a special poem for the occasion and unveiling the monument.

“It is a fitting tribute to all those who gave their lives during the First World War.”

Mrs Pallet also thanked stone mason Steve Alexander for his work on the monument.

Mr Pates, well known in the area for his amateur poetry, said that he was ‘honoured’ to have been asked to be involved.

He said: “I was so proud when the parish council asked me to come up with the inscription and then read a poem at the unveiling.

“I then could not believe it when they asked me to be the person who unveiled it – it was a very humbling experience.”

The Reverend Michael Yates presided over the dedication ceremony.

Pat Murray, chairman of South Derbyshire District Council, also addressed the crowd and paid tribute to the men who lost their lives 100 years ago.

Stuart Allen, from the Swadlincote branch of the Royal British Legion, read the poem ‘In Flanders fields’, while members of the Swadlincote 1211 air cadet squadron provided a guard of honour at the ceremony.

The memorial was paid for with money from the Castle Gresley amenities fund.

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