Crosses planted in Italian Gardens to remember fallen

PUBLISHED: 18:00 10 August 2018

Italian Gardens, a cross planted by Weston's Royal British Legion for every veteran, from Weston and surrounding villages, that gave their lives during the First World War. Lyn Lovell, Sue Packham and Rob Bywaters.

Italian Gardens, a cross planted by Weston's Royal British Legion for every veteran, from Weston and surrounding villages, that gave their lives during the First World War. Lyn Lovell, Sue Packham and Rob Bywaters.

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Crosses to commemorate the lives of hundreds of Weston war veterans were planted in the town centre at the weekend.

Italian Gardens, a cross planted by Weston's Royal British Legion for every veteran, from Weston and surrounding villages, that gave their lives during the First World War.Italian Gardens, a cross planted by Weston's Royal British Legion for every veteran, from Weston and surrounding villages, that gave their lives during the First World War.

The town’s Royal British Legion (RBL) branch set up the crosses in the Italian Gardens to pay respects to every person from Weston and the surrounding villages who lost their lives during World War One.

Each cross bore the name of one of the 414 people who died in the conflict.

Italian Gardens, a cross planted by Weston's Royal British Legion for every veteran, from Weston and surrounding villages, that gave their lives during the First World War.Italian Gardens, a cross planted by Weston's Royal British Legion for every veteran, from Weston and surrounding villages, that gave their lives during the First World War.

A pair of World War Two veterans also paid their respects, as Spitfire pilot John Thorn and D-Day veteran Reg Charles were in attendance on the day.

Organiser Lyn Lovell said: “It went very well.

“We had lots of people come up and ask if they had family names on the list.

“We had tears and lots of emotions during the day.”

The crosses were planted on August 4, as it is the same date Britain declared war on Germany in 1914.

Remembrance services this year will be particularly poignant as it marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.


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