Leading developers Barratt Homes North Midlands and David Wilson Homes East Midlands are paying homage to the fallen of Bingham in a ceremony that honoured the recent World War One Centenary.
They joined forces with the Royal British Legion, Bingham Heritage Trails Association, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Bingham Town Council and the Mercian Regiment of the British Army for the remembrance event at their new development on Chapel Lane in the market town.
Each of the new street names at the site have been named after heroes fallen in World War One and the first was unveiled at the event by Commander Judith Swann, Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.
She said: “It is important that we continue to remember those who served in WW1 and this is an excellent way to permanently acknowledge those individuals from Bingham who lost their lives. I was very proud to unveil the first street name, Dunsmore Avenue, dedicated to Private Joseph Dunsmore who died on 21st March 1918”
Trees will also be planted to remember those who lost their lives in the war.
More than 900 pupils across three schools painted poppies onto house bricks which have been used to form two giant wreath installations at the new entrance to the development.
The schools involved in the project included Robert Miles Infant School, Robert Miles Junior School and Carnarvon Primary School. Pupils from Toot Hill School also attended the event to lay wreaths and came with their Big Band which played at the ceremony.
Chris Southgate, Managing Director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “With this year’s Armistice Day marking the Centenary of the First World War, we wanted to show our commitment to the Royal British Legion at our new development in Bingham. It has been our pleasure to work with the schools and some local partners to ensure that those who gave their lives for Bingham are remembered here in perpetuity.”
Richard Montgomery of The Bingham Branch of The Royal British Legion, said: “We are very pleased that Rushcliffe Borough Council, Bingham Town Council, Bingham Heritage Trails Association, Barratt and David Wilson Homes, supported the idea of naming the roads after people named on our WW1 Memorial. It is our opportunity even 100 years on to keep our pledge. WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.”
The Royal British Legion supports members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families throughout the year.
Forming a major part of the UK’s united commemoration, the charity campaigns to improve the lives of those in the Armed Forces, organise the Poppy Appeal and remember the fallen.
British Heritage Trail Association Chairman, Geoff Ashton, welcomed the opportunity to be involved in the Barratt project as part of Bingham’s programme of commemoration events.
Ibstock Brick were also involved in the project and donated all of the bricks used for the poppy project.
Kate Royce, Director of Sales – Major Developers at Ibstock Brick, commented: “This community-wide initiative is a great way to remember the centenary of World War One coming to an end, and we are honoured to have lent our support to this scheme.”
Sharpes of Nottingham provided the guests on the day with transport from Bingham town centre to the development, and other companies such as Carrier Landscapes and Bridgebank were also heavily involved in the project.
Trevor Sharpe said: “Sharpes of Nottingham are very happy and honoured to be involved with such a prestigious and lasting memory of the courageous heroes that fought for our country.”