Travis Perkins marks WWI centenary

Travis Perkins marks WWI centenary

To mark the centenary of the First World War, Travis Perkins has provided support for the playing field off Barleythorpe Road in Oakham.

The support provided will help to secure its Centenary Field status under a programme launched by the Fields in Trust in partnership with The Royal British Legion.

This programme was launched by The Fields in Trust President Prince William in 2014 to help protect playing fields and other recreational spaces for future generations in honour of those who lost their lives in World War I.

This field in Oakham, which is one of the 2,700 spaces granted Centenary Field status, was given its new status thanks to the efforts of Travis Perkins’ Process Owner, Adam Lowe, who is also Mayor of Oakham.

Now renamed the Rutland Remembers Centenary Field, and protected to honour local resident John Gibson who lost his life in 1916, the occasion was marked with a ceremony for distinguished guests, including the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness.

The Lord Lieutenant unveiled a commemorative plaque, and thanked Travis Perkins for the company’s efforts. She also extended her gratitude to the Travis Perkins branch in Oakham, which donated materials for the installation of two commemorative benches on site.

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