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Bradford VC Memorial Stone
Service of Dedication

Bradford VC Memorial Stone

On Saturday, 11th March 2017 at 10.30 am, a service took place at Witton Park, to honour Roland Boys Bradford, VC, MC., with the dedication of the VC Memorial Stone, and the Memorial Garden recently constructed.

The event was well attended by over 200 people. The Standard for the DLI Association, Bishop Auckland Branch was dedicated. The 'Reflection' speech was given by General Sir Peter de la Billiere, KCB, KCB, DSO, MC*, DL which was well received.

The unveiling of the VC Memorial Stone was carried out by Mrs Sue Snowdon, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham and Councillor Edward Bell, Chairman of Durham County Council. DLI association Chaplain was the Revd Kenneth Crawford who gave the Address and Dedication. Prayers were read by the Revd Elishava Mechanic, who is the female priest in change of St Paul's at Witton Park. The unveiling of the statue by Ray Lonsdale [Tommy of Seaham fame], with the theme of 'Brothers in Arms' was performed by Councillors Robert Yorke and Christine Wilson. The proceedings were finished with the singing of the National Anthem.

The area designated a Memorial Garden has two wooden benches flanking the Statue and a Memorial plaque.

There will be a second Bradford VC Stone placed next to Roland's in April 2018 for his brother George.

See NEWMP ref W125.10

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