A fitting tribute to the local heroes of World War One was made on Thursday when a sculpture was unveiled in Wyndham Park.
The sculpture, inspired by the Machine Gun Corps which was based on the Belton estate during the war, was unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth.
The rededication event commemorated the 100th anniversary of the passing of Captain The Hon William Reginald Wyndham, after whom the park was named, at the 1st Battle of Ypres on November 6, 1914.
Designer Daniel Fay and sculptor David Sharpe’s creation was revealed to the public in a ceremony close to the park’s memorial archway.
It features two guns, a crown and a religious cross with a soldier’s hat representing different aspects of mourning and memorial.
Grantham College student Daniel won the public vote for his design following a competition in May coordinated by South Kesteven District Council and Wyndham Park Forum.
Father Stuart Cradduck from St Wulfram’s Church led a short service before wreaths were laid by representatives of the Royal British Legion, Machine Gun Corps Old Comrades Association and Wyndham Park Forum at the park’s memorial plaque and the sculpture.
SKDC’s Chief Executive Beverly Agass said: “The sculpture is a fitting addition to the park named after one of the thousands of men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice during World War One.
“We thank the Lord-Lieutenant for unveiling a sculpture that we hope will be reflected upon by generations of residents and visitors to one of our flagship parks.”
Daniel, a member of the Grantham air cadets, said he was “ecstatic” to see his design unveiled in the park. He said: “It was brilliant to remember Capt Wyndham 100 years after he died. I feel very proud.”
Mayor of Grantham Ian Selby, who attended the ceremony, said: “Congratulations to Daniel Fay for being chosen for the winning design. Personally, I like it very much. Also well done to David Sharpe for his work with making the memorial. I was delighted to see a very good turnout for the event.”
Elizabeth Bowskill, secretary of Wyndham Park Forum, said: “I think David’s interpretation of Daniel’s design is a great asset to the park. I am very pleased with the number of people who turned out. I would like to thank the King’s Combined Cadet Force for turning out during school time and everyone who has come along today.”
SKDC’s portfolio holder for leisure, arts and culture Coun Bob Adams said: “The ceremony was absolutely superb. Thanks go to Wyndham Park Forum because without them this would not have happened. It as a fitting tribute to those who gave their lives in the 1914-18 war.”
Sculptor David Sharpe said he was very proud and described the ceremony as “very impressive and very poignant”. He thanked Mascot Powder Coating for painting the sculpture.