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Unique Stone Plaque for Royal Tree-Planting

Published Thursday, 06 November 2014

A unique stone plaque will be unveiled during a Royal tree-planting ceremony at Clitheroe Castle on 26 November.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent will unveil a sandstone plaque quarried at Waddington Fell and inscribed by stone manager Gary Devine.

The buff-coloured stone, standing 19 inches high and 29 across, features a series of unusual pink and red veins.

It will feature a special inscription commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and a section from Laurence Binyon’s iconic poem, Ode of Remembrance.

The Duke of Kent will unveil the plaque after planting an oak tree in the grounds of Clitheroe Castle.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has planted trees in 40 villages in memory of the hundreds of young Ribble Valley men who lost their lives during the Great War.

From 4 August 2014, the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, until 11 November 2018, the anniversary of the official ceasefire, or Armistice Day, communities across the world are uniting to remember those who lived, fought and died in the First World War.

Gary Devine, who lives in Langho and has worked at Waddington Fell Quarry as a stonemason for 14 years, said: “The plaque will be carved from a particularly unique piece of stone featuring unusual pink and red veins.

“We are honoured to be working on this project to remember Ribble Valley’s fallen heroes and commemorate the centenary of the First World War.”

Ribble Valley Mayor Michael Ranson added: "We are all connected to the First World War through our family history, the fallen in our local communities, or its long-term impact on society.

“I am delighted that so many parishes have supported the tree-planting campaign and helped to create a ‘living’ memorial to the borough’s brave young men and their loved ones.

“I am particularly delighted that the plaque will be made from local stone and we would like to thank Waddington Fell Quarry for donating the time and materials for this memorial.”

The First World War claimed the lives of 16million people across the world and had a huge impact on those who experienced it.

As Ribble Valley came into being in 1974, precise records of the number of fallen in the borough do not exist, but it is believed to be around 1,000.

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