October 1st, 2016

Rubery’s Great War memorial takes pride of place in the village’s library

Rubery’s Great War memorial takes pride of place in the village’s library Rubery’s Great War memorial takes pride of place in the village’s library

A RUBERY war memorial, which features the names of pupils from St Chad’s Primary School who fought in the First World War, was officially unveiled on Monday (October 5) in its new home.

The plaque, which used to be housed in the school on New Road, which then became Rubery Youth Centre, has now taken pride of place in the village’s library.

Coun Peter McDonald and library manager Nicki Hitchcock organised the special event on Monday, which was attended by Coun McDonald, Coun Christine McDonald, along with members of the youth service, and Second World War veteran George Hewitt, who was representing the Royal British Legion.

Coun Peter McDonald said: “Rubery Library was a perfect new location for the war memorial plaque.

“It will allow library visitors, and in particular children and young people, to appreciate and engage with the history of their area. “This is a wonderful opportunity to remember and honour those from Worcestershire who fought so bravely to defend their country.”

Coun Lucy Hodgson, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities, added: “War memorials are of huge importance in any community, and it is fantastic that the Rubery Memorial will be housed at Rubery Library.

“It will hopefully serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by a whole generation, and prove a valuable link between modern Rubery and its rich history.”

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