A PARISH council has been sent a heartfelt letter praising members for its ‘wonderful’ war memorial.
Pat Vernon has written to Stretton Parish Council thanking them for restoring his pride in the village with the erection of the war memorial, in Church Road.
The former Strettonian said: “Over the years I have been filled with despair at the over development of this once pretty and rural village compared to its neighbours of Rolleston and Tutbury which retain most of their character. However, my pride in the village has been greatly restored with the erection of the simply wonderful war memorial and surrounding garden.
“A recent news item highlighted the neglect and vandalism of many of these memorials throughout the country and this prompted me to write to express my gratitude and pride to the parish council, and whoever else may be involved.
“I have two born and bred Stretton relatives named on the memorial – James Gilliver my great uncle, a First World War seaman who survived until the last month of the war, and James Eyre – an uncle from the Second World War who died on the Burma railway in dreadful conditions
“I placed a cross for each of them on the memorial this year on Remembrance Sunday and know that my mother would have been bursting with pride to have done the same thing herself in her home village had she been alive today.”