Green spaces put forward as First World War memorials

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Corby Council has agreed to put forward two green spaces for the Fields in Trust scheme to create green areas to commemorate those who died during the First World War.

Councillors have put forward Charter Field and Hazelwood and Thoroughsale Woods for the scheme, which is a partnership between the Royal British Legion and Fields in Trust to create dedicated Centenary Fields.

If successful, this will not only commemorate those who died during the First World War, but will safeguard these areas from development.

Corby Council’s lead member for community, Cllr John McGhee, said: “We are very pleased to have put forward two recreational areas in Corby that we feel will benefit from being safeguarded from development in the future and that will be a long-lasting commemoration to the centenary of World War One.

“We hope both submissions will be successful and will continue to commemorate the centenary over the coming four years through a range of events.”

The council also staged an exhibition about the First World War, in partnership with Corby Library, at The Cube.

The display included newsletters and decorative bomb shells. It also included Corby’s Roll of Honour, which lists those who served and died, or served and returned, with local connections to Corby and surrounding villages.

The council is happy to receive further information that may help with the Roll of Honour. If you can help email paul.goult@corby.gov.uk.