New memorial gardens and a memorial stone were unveiled this week at a commemoration service to mark the centenary anniversary of the start of the First World War.
The gardens at Mansfield Road Recreation Ground in Eastwood were the first ‘Centenary Field’ in the East Midlands funded by the charity Fields In Trust to be revealed.
Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Stan Heptinstall and Mayor of Eastwood, Councillor Ken Woodhead, joined Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, Councillor Milan Radulovic and the Leader of Eastwood Council, Councillor David Bagshaw at the event.
Councillor Radulovic said: “I am incredibly proud of the local community who marked the important anniversary of the start of the First World War yesterday in Eastwood and across the borough.”
“It was an honour to see the Memorial Gardens officially unveiled as a Centenary Field and the new memorial, which will recognise the sacrifices of the people of Eastwood who lost their lives fighting for their country.”
Led by Fields in Trust and The Royal British Legion, the ‘Centenary Field’ programme works to ensure that there will be a space to remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives during the conflict and that valuable green space is protected for future generations to enjoy as a living legacy.
Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said, “I congratulate Broxtowe Borough Council for being the first local authority in the East Midlands, and only the second in England, to sign up to Fields in Trust’s Centenary Fields programme.”