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Communities come together to rededicate war memorial

Monday 4th April 2011 (Andrew Griffiths)
Communities come together to rededicate war memorial

Andrew joined representatives from all parts of the local community at a service of rededication for Stretton war memorial, following recent vandalism.

Andrew organised the event to demonstrate that the community was united in condemning the extremist graffiti, which was painted on the memorial last month.

He said: “I think what the Muslim community demonstrated was their respect for the memorial and all those brave people that have died, but it also showed the determination of all the communities in Burton to work together.

“People from the Turkish and Albanian communities came, and residents from Stretton.

“It was quite incredible the way the communities came together.

“We had cadets and the Royal British Legion as well.

“There was a turnout of probably about 100 people.”

The service was led by the Reverend Kim Thomas, from St Mary’s Church, in Stretton. Prayers were then said by a leader from the Muslim community.

Following this, wreaths were laid before the memorial alongside Islamic crescents.

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