Hedge End Town Council have proudly unveiled the new gate for the Town’s War Memorial.
Announcing the completion of the project on their website, Hedge End Town Council say;
We are thrilled to finally see the newly installed War Memorial Gate at St Johns Road, in all its splendid colour and glory! The Recreation and Amenities Committee commissioned the replacement and design of the Memorial Gate to Peter Clutterbuck, Designer Blacksmith. The magnificent Art Deco style installation is adorned with three beautiful red poppies, which are a poignant reminder of the importance of this site to local residents. Please do go along to take a look at this vibrant and beautifully designed installation and to remember all those who have died in war.
The gate is the latest in a series of projects that Hedge End Town Council have awarded to Peter Clutterbuck. These include the gates to the Albert Road Cemetery and the Heritage Sign on the approach to the village centre.
Although the gate was formally designed and manufactured by Peter Clutterbuck, the concept of incorporating poppies into the gate came from a member of the public who was present at the Recreation and Amenities meeting where the design of the gates was discussed.
Hedge End’s Recreation & Ameneties Committee subsequently discussed what colour should the Poppies be, eventually settling on this traditional shade of red.
Two of the Councillors at that meeting expressed some concern about the visual impact of the gate on the surrounding area. Local residents are now able to form an opinion on whether they were right or not.
As is customary across the UK, The War Memorial in Hedge End is the centre of the Towns Remembrance Day service, which regularly attracts a large congregation.
As the centenary anniversaries of the horrific events of World War 1 approach, the new gate adds to the existing memorial and serves as an additional reminder of all those who have fallen in war.