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Lichfield’s Garden of Remembrance reopens with Armistice Day service

The memorial in Lichfield's Garden of Remembrance

The memorial in Lichfield's Garden of Remembrance

Lichfield’s newly refurbished Garden of Remembrance has been unveiled.

The work was completed in time for the Royal British Legion to hold an Armistice Day service on November 11.

It was the first time the memorial garden had been open to the public since it was closed earlier in the year to allow restoration work to take place as part of the city’s Historic Parks Project.

Lichfield City Mayor, Cllr Christopher Spruce said:

“The service was a chance for us all to reflect on everyone who has suffered or died in conflict in the service of their country. To hold it in the newly restored Garden of Remembrance made the day even more memorable.

“For many years this garden has not been at its best. From the new sundial and sensitively restored war memorial, to the splendid new entrance and ramp, the garden is truly transformed. I hope everyone will find it a space to spend some quiet time in contemplation of our Armed Forces and those that have gone before them.”

The first stage of the work has seen the gate pillars and balustrade wall – which were subsiding and in danger of collapse – underpinned and rebuilt. The project also included restoring the war memorial, gates, lion statues, sundial and urns, as well as installing a new ramp and steps into the garden and relaying the paths.

Councillor Neil Roberts, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Development Services, added:

“It is wonderful to see people enjoying the Garden of Remembrance once more, and we are all pleased with the results. The restoration will preserve this important memorial for future generations and is a stunning tribute to our brave service men and women.”

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