Grantham park unveils peace pole
An eight-foot pole symbolising peace has been installed in Grantham’s Wyndham Park.
Members of Grantham Sunrise Rotary Club, in partnership with Wyndham Park Forum, were joined by South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) and the public to see the newly installed ‘Peace Pole’ unveiled during a ceremony at the park on Thursday.
The pole, which has the message ‘May Peace prevail on Earth’ on its leading edge, was the idea of peace ambassador for Rotary, and Sunriser, Lez Jones.
He said: “The peace pole is the first in the area and will be a symbol of peace in our times.
“With the ever-changing ethnic mix of society we felt it relevant to include the languages of the people that live in Grantham and therefore we have included the message in the eight most commonly used languages and added a braille plate.
“This is an exciting inclusion in the park and I am absolutely thrilled that SKDC and the Wyndham Park Forum has shared our vision and supported us with this project.
“I am sure that it will be well received by the people of Grantham.”
SKDC cabinet member for communities, Councillor Jacky Smith, was invited to officially unveil the pole.
She said: “Wyndham Park is surrounded by busy roads but is a little island of peace.
“I hope visitors to the park find the peace pole useful. It does us all good to sit down occasionally and think about our surroundings, what is going on in the world, and what we can do to make life better for everybody.”
Music was played throughout the ceremony which also included music, poems readings and tea and biscuits.
Lez thanked everyone for their support, adding: “The peace pole will connect us to others around the world who also wish to create a cultural shift in attitude and a greater awareness of the process of peace.
“The pole will be added to the map of all the peace poles planted throughout the world by the World Peace Society who produced and provided the official peace pole for Grantham Sunrise Rotary Club.”