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2502 Dig for Memorial

Article posted: Jun 09, 2014 by Sqn Ldr Utting

Cadets and staff of 2502 (Hamilton) Squadron Air Cadets braved the elements on Saturday helping Evington villagers to rejuvenate their war memorial gardens. As part of the Leicester City Council plans to repair and rejuvenate the war memorials in the city, to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the First World War.

Over the last few years with the help of Hamilton squadron the Armistice Day Parade has grown with more of the community attending the service. The present garden set up makes it difficult for everyone to have access to pay their respects. The new layout of the garden will incorporate ramps and larger areas around the memorial to for people to congregate. Leicester City Council is contributing £19,000 for the refurbishment but the community are helping with manpower. So with this appeal from Evington, cadets picked up their spades.

The cadets removed turf and dug new flower beds and boarders. Despite the rain pouring down the cadets continue to dig, planting however had to stop part way through the day due to the heavy rain. Throughout the day members of the local community came out to show their thanks to the cadets supplying them with cakes, biscuits and drinks. Drivers also showed their support by beeping horns and shout out encouraging comments.

The memorial garden will have it official opening on the 4th August just before the local village fete on the 9th August 2014.