Remembering Barnsley’s armed forces this Christmas

The Mayor of Barnsley has laid a wreath at Barnsley’s HM Armed Forces Walkway to remember local armed forces who won’t be home for Christmas. A tribute was paid on behalf of loved ones who are unable to visit the walkway due to the restrictions of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Since its launch in November last year, a further six flagstones have been installed featuring the names, service and regiments of local servicemen and women. Built with honed granite, the new flagstones include:

LUSHA, V.C. - L/CPL 22839796

LUSHA, A.V. - TPR 25020770

TIMMS, K - WARRANT OFFICER CLASS 1 24083798

STRACHAN, P.J. - TPR 23572687

HAGUE, E - RFN 25072824

TALLANT, A - SJT 24625116

The dedicated space was created for families and friends to remember those who have and are currently serving. The commemorative piece is located on Westgate, Barnsley by the Barnsley Sixth Form College gardens.

Cllr Caroline Makinson, Mayor of Barnsley, said: “Although we were unable to raise the curtain on the new flagstones this year, we wanted to pay tribute to our armed forces and their families during this time. Christmas is a time for family, and it’s important that we acknowledge those who won’t be home over the festive period, not only those who lost their lives to conflict but also those who continue to serve our country.

“We want to continue to preserve our history here in Barnsley. Stones for the walkway can be purchased by visiting barnsley.gov.uk/armed-forces-walkway.”

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