Villagers come together to raise thousands to repair North Runcton war memorial

North Runcton War Memorial rededication wreath laying ceremony ANL-141108-080748009

North Runcton War Memorial rededication wreath laying ceremony ANL-141108-080748009

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A village’s war memorial was re-dedicated on Saturday after residents helped to raise thousands of pounds towards its restoration.

The monument in North Runcton lists the names of 15 servicemen from the parish who were killed while serving in the First World War, along with three others who died during the Second World War.

North Runcton War Memorial rededication ANL-141108-080700009
North Runcton War Memorial rededication ANL-141108-080700009

They were remembered at a special service held in the village’s All Saints’ Church, which was followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial itself.

The event also marked the end of a 10-month project to restore the memorial to its former glory after it fell into disrepair over many years.

A committee, comprising three members of the local Royal British Legion branch, two representatives of the village’s parish council and a member of the All Saints’ Parochial Church Council, was set up last 
November to co-ordinate 
fundraising.

Altogether, around £5,000 has been spent on the project, with much of the money being raised through a house-to-house collection in the village.

North Runcton War Memorial rededication, youngsters laying a cross each, LtoR, Poppy Fuller (7), Charlotte Fuller (2.5), Monty Fuller (9) ANL-141108-080737009
North Runcton War Memorial rededication, youngsters laying a cross each, LtoR, Poppy Fuller (7), Charlotte Fuller (2.5), Monty Fuller (9) ANL-141108-080737009

David Skerrett, one of the Legion representatives on the committee, said: “The people were very, very generous.”

The project also received a £1,500 grant from a West Norfolk Council fund for community projects marking the centenary of the conflict.

Other donations included £700 from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church and £500 from Pinguin Foods.

Around 80 people attended Saturday’s service, which was led by the village’s vicar, the Rev Riaz Mubarak.

Standard bearers representing both the Royal British Legion and the Royal Air Forces Association were also among the congregation, along with West Norfolk’s deputy mayor and mayoress, Colin and Julie Manning.

 

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