Hereford & Worcester

Bromsgrove £40,000 War Memorial unveiled in ceremony

Bromsgrove War Memorial
Image caption The memorial stands opposite the town's bus station on Market Street

A new armed forces memorial for a Worcestershire town has been unveiled.

More than £40,000 was raised by the Bromsgrove Armed Forces Memorial Fund (BAFMF), to build the 13ft (4m) high stone monument in Market Street.

The campaign was started in 2009 following the death of local soldier Private Robert Laws in Afghanistan.

Mark Langford, of BAFMF, said: "It's not just for those who have died, it's also a monument for soldiers serving or who have served in the armed forces."

Mr Langford said half of the money had come from Bromsgrove District Council.

The memorial, which is made of Portland stone, was unveiled in a ceremony attended by veterans and troops from the Mercian Regiment.

Mr Langford said Bromsgrove was the last town in Worcestershire to get a dedicated war memorial.

"We do have the Burma Star memorial but that does not recognise all the other conflicts that have been since 1945, so this memorial was needed," he said.

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