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Anniversary of Fire Service Memorial Garden

Memorial Garden
Fire Service Memorial Garden

The 10th anniversary of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Memorial Garden will be celebrated during a special ceremony next week.

"It was important for us to recognise the 10th anniversary of the Memorial Garden and we are delighted the Lord Lieutenant has agreed to unveil the specially made bell tower"

Chairman of the Memorial Garden Trustees, Mick Daniels

The ceremony, which will take place on Tuesday, will see the unveiling of a Diamond Jubilee Bell Tower by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson CBE. The ceremony will also signify an extension of the garden due to its increasing popularity.

The Memorial Garden, which is located at the Service’s Headquarters near Stone, opened in 2002. It has since been maintained and developed over the years by a voluntary team of Trustees to provide a lasting place for the remembrance of past employees of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Station Manager and Chairman of the Memorial Garden Trustees, Mick Daniels said: "The Memorial Garden provides a place of comfort and solace for bereaved families and friends of employees of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service who are sadly no longer with us.

"It was important for us to recognise the 10th anniversary of the Memorial Garden and we are delighted the Lord Lieutenant has agreed to unveil the specially made bell tower which will take pride of place in the garden. The bell tower will be used to sound silent tributes and a drawer within the tower will house a Book of Remembrance for visitors to sign.

"We will also be welcoming the Bishop of Stafford who will bless the bell tower and members of the West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service’s band who will participate in the ceremony."

Attendees to the ceremony will include dignitaries, staff and families of former firefighters.