21st Aug, 2019

Name change for recreation ground as centenary of war ending nears

THE land known as ‘The Rec’ in Alcester is to have its name changed to Alcester Centenary Field to to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War.

Members of the Town Council and the Alcester branch of the Royal British Legion are steadily building towards the centenary event, on November 11, 2018, which will be held on the newly christened field – and everyone is invited to join them.

It will feature, at 6.30pm a dedication ceremony, led by the Rev Adrian Guthrie and will be followed by the lighting of a beacon at 7pm as the town joins the 1,000 beacon celebration taking place across the United Kingdom.

The bells will also ring out across the town.

“We are having some attractive benches put in place and a local business, GreenMech, has built and donated the beacon,” said Councillor Mike Gittus, chairman of the local Royal British Legion branch.

“The land, which is an attractive open green space on the left just as you are leaving Alcester towards Stratford, has been registered as a new centenary field in trust.”

The Alcester town crier Rory Duff will talk on peace and a representative from Alcester Victoria Silver Band will play.

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