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Memorial bench unveiled in Grantham as tribute to coronavirus victims

A memorial bench has been erected in a Grantham cemetery to commemorate those who have lost their lives in the coronavirus pandemic.

A small group gathered for the unveiling of the special bench at Grantham Cemetery, on Harrowby Road, on Wednesday.

The Rev David Shenton, of the Parish of the Trinity South Grantham, was invited to bless the bench during the poignant ceremony.

Revd David Shenton, Breda Griffin, Kelham Cooke, Andy Clarke and Chris Kennedy. (42906001)
Revd David Shenton, Breda Griffin, Kelham Cooke, Andy Clarke and Chris Kennedy. (42906001)

Its construction was co-ordinated by Chris Kennedy, of fabrication firm Roll and Scroll, and David Lyons, of Shift Brand and Design, who created the striking artwork.

Chris, who works in Inner Street, said: “The idea originally came from a customer who then changed their minds. The bench is to remind us of the loved ones that we have lost through this pandemic.”

Andy Clarke, manager at Robert Holland Funeral Directors on St Catherine’s Road, Grantham, also attended the unveiling on Wednesday.

Bench unveiling. (42905999)
Bench unveiling. (42905999)

Business owner Robert Holland said: “We were honoured to be asked by Chris Kennedy to say a few words. Everyone has been affected by the current pandemic, hopefully the bench will provided somewhere for people to go and spend some quiet time and remember those who have been lost to this terrible virus.”

Council leader Kelham Cooke accompanied council chairman Breda-Rae Griffin to the unveiling describing it as “an honour”.

He added: “The bench is a fitting tribute to all those who have lost friends or family to Covid-19 and I can only repeat SKDC’s commitment to do everything in our power to halt the spread of this dreadful virus.

Bench unveiling. (42905995)
Bench unveiling. (42905995)

“Once again Chris Kennedy from Roll and Scroll has stepped forward to create and donate a very special bench which will act as a lasting memorial to the very difficult times we are living through, and we owe him a debt of thanks for that.”

Chris has already donated five benches to public spaces in Grantham, including a memorial bench at Wyndham Park to commemorate the sacrifices made during the First World War. A blue bench is due to be unveiled at the green on St Peter’s Hill next week in honour of the NHS and its staff. The bench was created through a combined effort from local businesses including Arraquip Ltd, Mascot Powder Coating and Lincolnshire Processed Scrap Metal Recycling who provided the brass plaque.

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