Air Cadets from 1359 (Beeston) Squadron have been helping out with the restoration of a war memorial in Lenton, a suburb of Nottingham.
The memorial has been renovated over the last few months along with landscaping of the small area it occupies. The 11 cadets rolled up their sleeves and gave it a scrub down to remove the accumulated dirt, polished up the name plaques and give the general area a tidy up.
The driving force behind the renovation is Rev Martin Kirkbride, the vicar of Holy Trinity and Lenton Priory since 2005. He has made it his aim to bring the memorial back to its former glory and has been busy fund raising to assist with this aim. The project manager for the restoration is Alison Duckers, both were very keen for the cadets to help with this final stage of the project and had made contact with the squadron through Mike Redgate, the father of one of the cadets.
After the cadets had finished Alison had this to say, “It’s absolutely great to have the young generation of cadets rolling up their sleeves and working hard to honour those who gave their lives for us by polishing the name plaques so that their names will be continue to be known” and Rev Kirkbride commented “As an ex-serviceman this is an important project to me and it is great to get the local community involved, especially the cadets”.
The memorial is located at the junction of Church Street and Sherwin Road, sitting proudly in front of the Albert Ball Memorial Homes.
CI Mike Hill
1359 (Beeston) Sqn, ATC