28 August 2018
Three benches specially designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War have been unveiled by Blaenavon Town Council.
The contemporary steel seating - depicting soldiers at war and poppies in a field - has been placed alongside the Cenotaph in the Memorial Garden at Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall and outside the Town Council’s offices, also at the Hall.
The Council spent £2,500 on funding the benches, along with a litter bin bearing the same design. They complement a steel World War I soldier silhouette that has also been in the garden for the past year.
Councillor Alan Jones, who is also Torfaen County Borough Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: "The First World War touched every family in Blaenavon, and the benches are a poignant reminder of those who served and didn’t come back home.
“They are a fitting tribute to the memories of all those names inscribed on the memorial at the Cenotaph.”
Secretary of the Blaenavon branch of the Royal British Legion Cyril Turner said the branch was extremely grateful to the Town Council for consulting with its members and providing the benches.
“They are beautiful and we as a branch are proud to have such a fitting tribute to the soldiers from Blaenavon who did not return home from the Great War,” he added. “I’ve received many comments from local residents who are also impressed with the efforts put in by the Town Council to mark this event.”