War memorial fund boosted

Melton Town Estate feoffee John Southerington (left) with The Melton building society CEO, Martin Reason, at the town's war memorial in the gardens at Egerton Lodge EMN-151201-144834001
Melton Town Estate feoffee John Southerington (left) with The Melton building society CEO, Martin Reason, at the town's war memorial in the gardens at Egerton Lodge EMN-151201-144834001
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An appeal to enhance Melton’s war memorial has been boosted by a £500 donation from a town business.

The Melton building society has contributed the cash to project, which is in tribute to town soldiers who lost their lives in conflicts around the world over the last century.

Photos of the fallen and details of their military service will be displayed on interpretation boards alongside the existing stone plaques installed in the gardens of Egerton Lodge.

A £9,800 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will meet part of the cost.

And the Melton Times has joined forces with Melton Town Estate to raise the remaining £6,000 required.

Relatives of former servicemen and other readers have already pledged hundreds of pounds towards the scheme, as well as contributing photographs and information.

Now the cash donated by The Melton has given the cause a further boost.

Town estate feoffee John Southerington, who has been spearheading the fundraising, said: “I was very pleased to receive this £500 cheque from a local business towards the war memorial appeal.

“We are very grateful to The Melton and would welcome any further contributions from other Melton businesses.

“We are also thankful to those readers who have also donated money and would welcome money anyone else would like to pledge.”

As well keeping alive the sacrifices made by fallen Melton servicemen for future generations, the upgraded war memorial is also intended to provide a learning resource for schoolchildren.

l If you have a relative you think should be recorded on Melton’s war memorial please email nick.rennie@jpress.co.uk or telephone 01664 412523.

l If you have a photograph and details of a family member killed in the world wars or in other conflicts then we would like to hear from you. Contact us on the email address or telephone number above or you can call in at our Nottingham Street office - please ring the bell to alert us.

l You can make a donation to the appeal at the Melton Mowbray Building Society in Nottingham Street - account number is GGX3326893MEL and cheques should be made payable to Melton Mowbray Town Estate (War Memorial) appeal.