New memorial bench marks WW1 centenary in Wednesbury

The people of Wednesbury are remembering 100 years since the armistice that ended the First World War - with a new commemorative bench in the centre of the town.

The bench features the silhouettes of soldiers and poppies in black and red glossy metal and stands pride of place underneath the clock tower in Market Place. The bench it replaces was beyond repair. Sandwell Council's cabinet member for highways and environment Councillor David Hosell said:

"The bench has been installed for the local community as a place they can reflect on the great sacrifice made by all who served in the Great War."

The bench is one of several projects the council has organised to mark the centenary of the First World War. Wednesbury Councillor and cabinet member for public health and protection Councillor Elaine Costigan added:

"It's so important for us to remember those who were lost, especially as this year is the centenary."

Residents from across the borough can join in creating a mosaic photo in the shape of a poppy as part of the Sandwell Remembers photography project, featuring the images of hundreds of people from Sandwell.


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