Unveiling of ‘special status’ Brighton and Hove war memorials today
Four public spaces in Brighton and Hove have been marked as ‘Centenary Fields’ as part of a national scheme marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Old Steine Gardens and War Memorial, The Chattri, Patcham Peace Gardens, and Easthill Park War Memorial are amongst hundreds of areas around the UK that have been attributed special status.
Councillor Gill Mitchell, Chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Environment Committee and Councillor Mary Mears, Chair of The Brighton and Hove branch of the Royal British Legion both attended the unveiling of a sign at Old Steine today (6 November).
Councillor Gill Mitchell said: “Protecting these unique public spaces in this way will not only provide further recognition as memorials but help to safeguard them for future generations.”
Old Steine Gardens is home to annual remembrance services and was unveiled back in 1922 to remember those who sadly lost their lives from Brighton and Hove.
Cllr Mitchell also said they were very proud these four precious sites have been given this special status and have been included in the Fields in Trust Centenary Fields programme.
The Centenary Fields Project is a nationwide initiative overseen by the Royal British Legion and Fields in Trust to protect public places in memory of those who lost their lives in the First World War.
It was launched back in 2014 by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, the Fields in Trust President, to ensure valuable green space is protected.
Individualised stories are being added to the Fields in Trust website daily, including Brighton’s Chattri memorial.