Alconbury Weston villagers have a place to pay their respects as new memorial is dedicated
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Villagers in Alconbury Weston have a new war memorial at which to pay their respects thanks to the efforts of a resident.
Mary Papworth, of Church Way, was shocked to find that the village had no place to lay wreaths, hold services or place remembrance crosses expect against the wooden village sign at the edge of the green.
In spite of illness, together with three volunteers, Mrs Papworth covered the village seeking donations to be able to buy an engraved granite stone to be place in the village.
Bearing wreaths and small crosses, residents paused to hold their first Remembrance Sunday last weekend.
Roger Papworth, Mary’s husband, said: “This truly is a memorial that is for the village and that has been totally funded by most of the residents themselves.
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“A tremendous indication that the village had been missing a memorial that could be visited whenever they want, 24/7 and 365 days of the year.”
On Armistice Day the memorial was dedicated by the Reverend Mary Jepp, from the church of St Peter and St Paul, in Alconbury.
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There were also words from Cecil Dellar, an ex-serviceman and member of the Royal British Legion, followed by a two-minute silence.
Mr Papworth added: “Mary herself has been very pleased with the way the village has responded and although she was there on Remembrance Sunday, unfortunately, due to sickness Mary was unable to attend on Armistice Day.”
In total Mrs Papworth and the other volunteers raised £710 for the memorial.