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Community groups in Harleston are getting together to raise money for the town’s war memorial.

Jim Keywood, chairman of Royal British Legion Harleston pictured at the Harleston War Memorial. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography.
Jim Keywood, chairman of Royal British Legion Harleston pictured at the Harleston War Memorial. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography.

The area of the memorial, which was unveiled in 1920, is going to be cleared of overgrown vegetation and redesigned to be a more inclusive area with extra seating.

“The refurbishment is needed to enhance that particular area in the town and, most importantly, to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War,” said Lynda Ling, town clerk of Redenhall with Harleston Parish Council.

Four additional benches will be sponsored by the town’s Royal British Legion, the Masonic Lodge, the Rotary Club and the Guiding and Scouting organisation.

“This is something dear to our heart,” said Jim Keywood, chairman of the Harleston branch of the Royal British Legion. “The memorial is special to many people living here and this is our contribution to improve the memorial and the area surrounding it.”

The legion is one of a number of community groups involved in redesigning the Celtic cross, which commemorates the residents of Harleston who were killed or went missing in both world wars.

Harleston Scouts will go on a sponsored 100-mile walk to raise money for the refurbishment, which will be completed in time for the centenary of the First World War.

A ramp for people who have trouble navigating the steps, or those in mobility scooters or wheelchairs, will be installed.

“This is a project that Redenhall with Harleston Town Council has been considering and working towards for almost two years and we are very pleased that the project is coming together and will be ready in time for Remembrance Sunday on November 11,” added Ms Ling.

The refurbishment work will be undertaken by Harleston company Bespoke Outdoors.

All materials, plants, trees and path works will be funded by the town council.



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