Ceremony to re-dedicate war heroes plaques

A POIGNANT service is to be held in Bulwell to re-dedicate two tribute plaques featuring the names of more than 150 local servicemen and women who died in the First and Second World Wars.

The two memorials are to be given a prominent spot in St Mary’s Church on Highbury Road and will be officially unveiled in their new home a on Sunday September 11.

They have been dusted off after being found abandoned and in a poor state of repair in the basement of the now defunct Basford Social Club, which was previously based on Eland Street.

In total, the plaques include the names of 174 servicemen and women from the Bulwell and Basford area who served their country in the bloody conflicts.

They have been restored by Ian McClair, who owns Sign Specialists Limited in Redditch, Worcestershire and is a director of private members organisation, The Nottingham Club.

As well as the plaques, two stones containing a further five names were discovered.

The re-dedication event in Bulwell will start with an armed forces and veterans’ march from the new Tesco Extra superstore on Jennison Street in the town to the church at 11.30 am. Spectators are invited to line the route.

Among those on parade will be the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Coun Michael Wildgust (Lab), of Nottingham City Council, the Sheriff of Nottingham, Coun Leon Unczur (Lab), also of the city council, and and Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Colonel Roger Merryweather, who will unveil the plaques.

The ceremony will be followed by the service at St Mary’s Church.