CENTENARY FIELDS: Commonwealth Day marked by Queens Gardens unveiling

CENTENARY FIELDS: Commonwealth Day marked by Queens Gardens unveiling

Queens Gardens in Colwyn Bay has been dedicated by Conwy County Borough Council as the latest site in Wales protected in perpetuity through the Centenary Fields programme.

A plaque was unveiled at the Gardens on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13th March, to mark the date the commonwealth flag was flown in the gardens.

The Centenary Fields programme is working across the UK in partnership with The Royal British Legion and in Wales with Wales Remembers. It aims to secure recreational space in perpetuity to honour the memory of the millions who fought and lost their lives in World War I. A bronze memorial statue of a World War I soldier created by John Cassidy is located in the Gardens; the statue was officially unveiled on 11th November 1922. The panel depicts returning servicemen and nurses and commemorates 174 dead from World War I. In addition 38 World War II casualities and one from the Korean War are remembered on the memorial.

Conwy's Armed Forces Community Champion, Cllr Liz Roberts, said: "Seeing Queens Gardens recognised in this way and protecting this outdoor space for the benefit for future generations is a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in World War I and is in keeping with the spirit of our Armed Forces Community Covenant."

Fields in Trust Wales Manager, Rhodri Edwards, said: "The Centenary Fields programme is a fitting way for us to mark the sacrifices made by so many in World War I whilst looking to the future through a living remembrance. We are delighted that Conwy County Borough Council is embracing Centenary Fields, commemorating the centenary of World War I for the people of Colwyn Bay in a way they can appreciate forever. We look forward to many more landowners following their lead."

Find out more about Centenary Fields at www.fieldsintrust.org/centenaryfields