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Limited edition candlesticks launched after partnership between Lichfield cutlery business and the National Memorial Arboretum

A series of limited edition candle sticks have been unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum.

The silver-plated items have been designed by Lichfield company Arthur Price.

Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire Ian Dudson, Sarah Montgomery, managing director of the National Memorial Arboretum, and Simon Price

Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire Ian Dudson, Sarah Montgomery, managing director of the National Memorial Arboretum, and Simon Price

Modelled on the pair located in the arboretum’s Millennium Chapel, each of the 12 is named after one of the apostles and features knives around in a circular formation and bound in place by a circle of barbed wire.

They are designed as a reminder that people will starve because of war and imprisonment.

Simon Price, CEO of Arthur Price, approached the Arboretum to suggest the creation. His father and grandfather both served in the Army and during both world wars the factory ceased cutlery production and supported the war effort manufacturing munitions.

“The National Memorial Arboretum is wonderful, you can’t not be moved or indeed inspired by the venue, the volunteers and the brave men and women it represents,” Simon said.

“I’m extremely proud, both personally and professionally, to be associated with the venue and creating these limited edition pieces and I hope these special candelabras will be a lasting memento of people’s visit to this special place.”

Certificates to accompany each of the candlesticks – each costing £395 – were signed at a ceremony.

Graeme Williamson, from the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “We are always seeking to develop new partnerships with businesses and were delighted when Simon approached us to suggest this fantastic initiative.

“The commemorative candlesticks crafted by the skilled silversmiths at Arthur Price will serve as a treasured memento for visitors and provides financial support to the arboretum, ensuring we can remain a free to enter site.”

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