Thurrock memorial renovation target is achieved

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A BOROUGH memorial is to be restored after fundraisers reached their target.

The Bata Reminiscence & Resource Centre (BRRC) has taken the lead, working closely with Thurrock Council, on a project to restore the Bata War Memorial in East Tilbury back to its former glory.

They have now announced the Heritage Lottery Fund has confirmed that a grant of £10,000 is to be given help with the work. The Council has already agreed to contribute £1,000 and a further £3,000 has been promised by The WELCOM Forum to meet the total £14,000 cost of the project.

Mike Tarbard, Chairman of BRRC, said: “We are thrilled that this project can now move forward.

“The original 1955 bronze plaques bearing the names of 69 Bata employees who lost their lives in the Second World War will be replaced by new black granite plaques and will have the names of 81 Bata employees who have now been traced.

“Paving around the memorial will be replaced and work will also take place on the immediate garden area. The 1955 plaques will eventually be permanently located in St Catherine’s Church, East Tilbury.”

BRRC are intending to work with local Primary School children to try and locate the families of those who died during the 1939-1945 war. BRRC are keen to hear from the families of the 81 Bata employees who lost their lives during the war and ask any relatives to contact them through their email address [email protected]

These names can be found through the BRRC website http://www.batamemories.or g.uk/MAIN/ENG/00-EN- Pages/07-Worldwar.html and going to the World War II tab.

Once the work has been completed a rededication service will be arranged.

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