Published Thursday, 15 July 2021
Coventry’s War Memorial Park has kicked off a year of centenary celebrations by rededicating the park during a special ceremony.
The War Memorial Park has now officially entered its 100th year as a key public space for the city’s residents to enjoy and remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives during the War.
Cllr Abdul Khan, Coventry City Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Parks, said:
“The War Memorial Park is a treasured space for so many generations of Coventry residents, and it was wonderful to be able to rededicate the park for many years to come and remind ourselves of why it was created.
“As well as being a beautiful space for so many to enjoy, it also serves as a poignant reminder of those who gave their lives for our freedom.
“The rededication ceremony was the beginning of a centenary year, and we are looking forward to being able to host bigger celebrations for the Park’s anniversary to be enjoyed in the coming months.”
The rededication ceremony took place on Friday 9 July, and was attended by guests including Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, John Crabtree OBE, The Very Revd John Witcombe from the Diocese of Coventry, The Lord Mayor of Coventry, the Friends of the War Memorial Park and relatives of those remembered in the park.
A short ceremony rededicated the park’s purpose as a space for remembering those who lost their lives in the Great War of 1914 and the wars and conflicts since, remembering the century that has passed and looking forward to the next one hundred years of the park.
Coventry Young Ambassadors and children from local schools were also in attendance, giving readings and carrying the legacy of the park into the future.
Trevor Cornfoot, of the Friends of The War Memorial Park said, “The weekend was a wonderful success. The rededication service was a sensitive and appropriate recognition of the role the Park plays in the lives of all Coventrians. We were delighted that people were able to enjoy our new Community Sensory Garden created by volunteers and explore the new Soldiers Tree trail and the Memorial Benches audio tour (leaflets available in Park Visitor Centre)”
“We were particularly pleased to receive a letter from HM The Queen sending her best wishes to all concerned for a most memorable and successful year-long programme of events. As we come out of lockdown, we will be working with the Council and many community organisations to make this a Centenary year to remember for Coventry’s premier park”.
The event was limited in attendees to ensure Covid compliance, but more is planned over the coming year to celebrate the park’s anniversary for all those who wish to attend.