July 23 2014 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Monday, June 2, 2014
A veterans’ organisation has received a grant of nearly £2,000 for a new memorial honouring fallen comrades.
The Ilford 84 Branch of the Parachute Regimental Association has been awarded the cash by the Veolia North Thames Trust (VNTT) to build the monument in Coronation Gardens, Romford.
The group was founded by veterans of conflicts such as the Second World War, Korean War, Falklands War, and Iraq and Afghanistan.
It promotes comradeship between former members of the Parachute Regiment, Airborne Forces and widows of members, as well as staging social events and providing support.
Fundraiser Irene Brennan said: “Our members are delighted to have been awarded this funding. We are very grateful to the trust for enabling us to erect a local memorial.
“This is very important to us as many of our members are unable to travel to Stafford to visit the memorial at the National Arboretum.
“We are intending to hold an event to celebrate our 30th anniversary and having the memorial completed by then would mean a great deal to us.”
Doug Benjafield, chairman of VNTT, said: “The trustees and I felt it was vital for the Ilford 84 veterans to have a memorial in the local community as a focal point.
“We are pleased to be able to assist them in what will be an important year.”