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Your First World War Memorial is on its way

Phew! Breaking ground for the foundation for Boston's new First World War Centenary Memorial proved a tough job. The soil beneath slabs lifted for the monument in Memorial Gardens was rock hard... because it was littered with rocks!

Boston Borough Council's parks and grounds staff had to employ an iron bar and plenty of muscle and effort to break through to the required depth. They will now lay a steel-reinforced concrete slab to bear the weight of the stone memorial weighing several tons.

Activities in Memorial Gardens are now aimed at having everything in place for a dedication of the First World War Centenary Memorial this Armistice Day, November 11.

Your generous donations have meant that the stone for the memorial has arrived from the quarry and is now being worked by stonemason Richard King.

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From left, Kev, Buzz and Dale hard at work breaking ground in Memorial Gardens for the new First World War Memorial

Richard, of Richard King Memorials, Bridge Road Industrial Estate, Long Sutton, will engrave the memorial and install it. He has generously offered his time and skills at no additional cost. He said: "It will be my contribution to something which I believe is very worthwhile. It is important we remember the sacrifices made in order that we can live today in freedom. I had relatives who fought in the First World War."

Every penny towards the £4,200 costs has been met by you - including personal donations, local businesses, schools and councillors - achieving the aim of raising cash for the memorial purely from public subscription.

But you haven't missed the chance to contribute. Any excess will be used to provide lighting for the new memorial giving special significance, especially in four years time when the centenary of the end of the First World War is marked. The dreadful war, in which millions died, began with the dire warning that lights across Europe were going out. Despite predictions that it would be "all over by Christmas" the lights did not come back on again until four long years had passed by.

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Job done, and a few more calories burned off. All three have recently accepted a challenge to lose weight. Kev's on a water and porridge diet!

All who contribute will be honoured with their names included on a Scroll of Honour and will receive a personal invitation to the dedication on November 11.

You can make a donation using the council's online payment facility at Make a payment- go to Donations to WW1 Memorial Appeal - using a debit or credit card; in person at Municipal Buildings using a debit or credit card, cheque or cash; or by post using a cheque. Cheques should be made payable to Boston Borough Council and "Boston First World War Memorial Appeal" should be written on the reverse to indicate what the payment is for.