Industrial companies at Wilton have joined forces with a neighbouring community to pay their own tribute to the victims of war.
Six companies – Ensus, SABIC, Sembcorp, Huntsman, Lotte Chemical, and GDF Suez – paid for a new flag pole and flag at the revamped Garden of Remembrance on Coatham Road, Redcar.
Redcar and Cleveland Councillor Eric Howden, who is Secretary of the Redcar branch of the Royal British Legion as well as the council’s armed forces ambassador, made a request for funding at a regular industry/community liaison panel meeting in his Dormanstown constituency earlier in the year.
The new flagpole was installed in the garden – on the site of a German bombing raid in 1941 –in time for use at the annual Remembrance Day parade and service on Sunday.
Cllr Howden, said: “It’s a magnificent gesture on the part of these companies and a reminder too that many people working in local manufacturing also made the ultimate sacrifice in the quest for peace.”
Keith Kidd, of Sembcorp, plus Tony Johnson of Huntsman, Jackie Petford of Lotte Chemical UK and Becky Bendall representing Ensus joined Cllr Howden at the Garden of Remembrance to unveil the flag.
Keith, who was a member of the UK Army’s Royal Corps of Transport and served with the United Nations in Cyprus and the UK Army in Northern Ireland and the first Gulf War, proudly wore his medals for the unveiling.
He said: “It is a privilege and an honour to have been invited to represent the site companies at this special event. It is important that we remember the great service that is still being made by our armed services in conflicts today, as well as the sacrifices of those who took part in past conflicts.”
The Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Cllr Mrs Denise Bunn, will lead the parade of ex servicemen to the nearby War Memorial this Sunday.
Picture shows (left to right) Tony Johnson (Huntsman Polyurethanes) Jackie Petford (Lotte Chemical) Cllr Eric Howden, Keith Kidd (Sembcorp) and Becky Bendall (representing Ensus).