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Memorial clean up in Royston ahead of Remembrance events

09 November 2021
The group of volunteers in front of the War Memorial
Leader of the Council Elizabeth Dennis-Harburg with RAF volunteers in front of the
American War Memorial in Priory Memorial Gardens, Royston

Volunteers from RAF Molesworth – 91st Bomber Group – spent time tidying and cleaning up the American War Memorial in Priory Memorial Gardens, Royston, on Monday.

They were joined by Leader of North Herts Council Elizabeth Dennis-Harburg. The group’s work included polishing the main plaque and removing lichen from the railings surrounding the memorial (pictured).  

Cllr Elizabeth Dennis-Harburg said: “I really enjoyed spending time outside, working with the RAF volunteers to help restore the memorial ahead of Remembrance events this week.

“I’m really grateful to the volunteers, most of whom were American serving officers, for contacting the Council to offer their time in cleaning the memorial, and was glad I was able to join them and lend a hand.  This memorial in particular is of special significance as it recognises the contribution made by the 91st Bomber Group, which sustained the heaviest losses of any bomber group in WWII.  The work carried out by those serving in the 91st Bomber Group today in honouring those lost has particular resonance.”

The Council’s grounds contractor, John O’Conner, was also present carrying out works to improve the look of the memorial to show respect at this significant time of year.

RAF Molesworth have a number of volunteer groups cleaning memorials this week.  

This year's Remembrance events