Ex-soldier raising funds for memorial benches

  Posted: 21.09.20 at 10:53 by Alex Jones

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Barry resident and former Territorial Army Soldier, Rob Curtis, has started a fundraising campaign to replace three dilapidated park benches with specially designed memorial benches.

The benches, situated opposite the Memorial Hall on top of the shelter in Blind Park, Gladstone Road, will serve to honour Barry's war dead.

Rob told the Nub News:

"The town of Barry has a proud history of remembering and honouring its war dead.

"I hope to be able to raise enough funds to support the replacement of the three benches sited on the shelter roof at lower Gladstone Gardens with special commemorative seats.

'The benches portray silhouetted images made from steel from world conflicts along with poppies and the dove of peace (similar to the one pictured) and the benches would portray three different scenes. I hope they will be installed with the co-operation of the Barry Town Council, Vale of Glamorgan Council and the Royal British Legion.

(Photo credit: Rob Curtis)

"These benches overlook Barry Memorial Hall and its Cenotaph and would make a fitting tribute to the fallen of Barry. And for weary people to rest and reflect on those who have given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today.

"I am sure that the people of Barry will support this tribute even with the backdrop of the Covid 19 pandemic. If I am unable to raise enough funds for all three benches, I hope we will be able to replace one or two of the old benches. Alternatively, should there be surplus funds, then this would be donated to the Royal British Legion."

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