Throughout the summer the villagers of Evington with the assistance of cadets from 2502 (Hamilton) Air Cadets have been rejuvenating the War Memorial Gardens. The Evington community have collaborated with Leicester City Council to refurbish the Memorial Gardens in time for the World War One commemorations.
The official opening of the garden took place with a Peace Event on the evening that marked the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.
Councillor Baljit Singh addressed the community introducing the event and thanking those who helped with the project. He then introduced Sir Peter Soulsby, Mayor of Leicester. Sir Peter Soulsby thanked all the community for their effort with this project and the outstanding community spirit within Evington. He also personally thanked the cadets for all their help even through the pouring rain. Then cut the ribbon he officially opened the Memorial Gardens.
The event was followed by a series of speakers about the First World War in the Evington Village hall. The evening concluded with an extract from the “Ode of Remembrance” poem
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
read by Councillor Deepak Bajaj.