Edlington community gathers to honour fallen

The opening of the Edlington war memorial. Picture: Andrew Roe
The opening of the Edlington war memorial. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Plaques to commemorate the servicemen and women who have given their lives for the country have been unveiled in Edlington.

The unveiling of the three plaques formed part of a war memorial rededication ceremony at the Edlington Town Council war memorial garden to mark the recent refurbishment.

The ceremony was attended by The Mayor of Edlington, Donald Astbury, Deputy Mayor, Georgina Mullis, Doncaster Council’s Civic Mayor Pat Haith and Veterans’ Champion Bob Johnson.

The local community were also invited to attend the ceremony, which began at 11am with an introduction by the council.

This was followed by the reading of the Lords Prayer and the act of dedication and remembrance.

The names of the fallen were then read out as pupils from Sir Thomas Warton Community College, Edlington Victoria Primary School and St Marys Catholic Primary School planted a cross for each person.

This was followed by a wreath laying ceremony and readings and hymns.

The ceremony ended with the singing of the national anthem.

Georgina Mullis, said: “The service went absolutely perfectly. The war memorial is a credit to Edlington town council.”

Since Edlington Town Council took over the land from Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council last year they have tarmaced the area, to make it more accessible for wheelchair users, and installed new seats.

Edlington & Warmsworth councillor Phil Cole said: “In this centenary year, the memorial garden has been transformed, with a new memorial wall, a poppy inlaid into the hard standing, and new benches.

It is now a lovely setting to honour those who made such a sacrifice for our country. The town councillors, British Legion, and all who contributed to this work have done a great service to Edlington village.”

Councillor Pat Haith said: ‘As Civic Mayor of Doncaster, I am proud to attend this ceremony to commemorate the Great War and to pay my respects.

We must never forget that without the ultimate sacrifice that thousands of brave men and women made during the Great War, we would not enjoy the freedom and democracy that we take for granted today.

I am honoured to lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Doncaster and remember the Fallen with the dignity and respect that they deserve.”

There will be another Remembrance Day service at the memorial on August 4, and after this the memorial will be open to the public between 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, and also upon special request.