Memorial bench to soldier Nick will take pride of place in Grantham town centre

David Peacock sits on the bench made in memory of his son Nick.
David Peacock sits on the bench made in memory of his son Nick.
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A commemorative bench to a Granthamian who was killed by a bomb in Ireland 27 years ago, is to take a deserving spot on St Peter’s Hill.

Last week the Journal reported on how a beautiful bench had been created in memory of soldier Nick Peacock, thanks to the efforts of his childhood friend Glenn Wormall and local businesses.

Nick Peacock.

Nick Peacock.

Their dream was to see the stunning seat placed in the centre of town, and now this is to become a reality with the agreement of South Kesteven District Council.

After receiving confirmation from SKDC, Glenn said: “I am overwhelmed. I was in tears when they told me. The support has been brilliant, and I have had so many kind messages from people about it. I hope lots of people attend the unveiling.”

The official unveiling of the bench will take place on St Peter’s Hill, Grantham from 12pm on Sunday, May 8, and will include attendance by members of Nick’s regiment, the 2nd Battalion of The Royal Anglian Regiment, known as ‘The Poachers’.

Born and bred in Grantham, Nick joined the army as a teenager, but in 1989 was tragically killed by a drainpipe bomb on the Falls Road in Belfast. He was aged just 20.

The men who made Nick's bench a reality. From left - Alan Hardisty of Pentangle Fabrications, Kevin Mascot of Mascot Powder Coating, Roll and Scroll's Chris Kennedy, Nigel Rivers of Pentangle Engineering and Nick's friend Glenn Wormall. Carl Gilbert of Arraquip was also involved.

The men who made Nick's bench a reality. From left - Alan Hardisty of Pentangle Fabrications, Kevin Mascot of Mascot Powder Coating, Roll and Scroll's Chris Kennedy, Nigel Rivers of Pentangle Engineering and Nick's friend Glenn Wormall. Carl Gilbert of Arraquip was also involved.

His neighbour and friend Glenn was determined to create a fitting memorial in the town, and as well as expressing his gratitude to SKDC, has added his thanks once again to the Grantham businessmen who worked together in order to create Nick’s bench free of charge - Roll and Scroll, Pentangle Fabrications, Pentangle Engineering, Arraquip and Mascot Powder Coating.

SKDC’s business manager, venues and facilities, Paul Stokes, added: “We are proud to be able to add this fitting tribute to a well known public area within Grantham. The bench will add character to the surrounding area and provide a lasting memory not only for Nick Peacock, but for all of our brave servicemen and women who have sadly died in service to their country.”