Today Suzanne, Sarah and I made a flying visit to Garforth Cemetery to check up on a long term project.
It’s not much to see yet but the base that’s been installed is the first phase of the final leg, if that makes sense, of the work to erect an outdoor Garforth War Memorial.
Nearly three years ago Sarah and I approached Churches Together to get their approval ( this in no way impacts on the Roll of Honour in St Marys or any other local remembrance services and not should it) and local volunteers to find a location and funds.
To say the project has been fraught with difficulties has been an understatement. We could not, for a myriad of reasons, find the right land, the stone was hard to source and a million other details had to be addressed.
Tony Robinson a local man with a keen interest in the men on the Roll of Honour has made a vital contribution to the detail and local men Andy Cahill and Gordon Hall have advised and supported us every step of the way.
Another huge thanks must go to Jackie Hobman & David Hobman local residents and business people who sponsored the information board.
So, it’s coming. Right on time as the whole country, and indeed the world, remembers those who died in World War One which ended 100 years ago this coming November and the fallen of every subsequent conflict.
We salute them and hope this small tribute to the local men of Garforth and the surrounding area who died to protect our freedoms will be a popular meeting point for remembrance and quiet reflection.
Sarah, Mark, Suzanne