Wednesday 22 Jan 2020
World War One memorial relocation to be officially welcomed to Bangor railway station
The relocation of a memorial to 16 railway workers who died serving in World War One will be formally re-dedicated at Bangor railway station on Friday (24 January).
The memorial was originally unveiled in March 1919 at St David's Church in Bangor, but the church closed in 2013. Network Rail subsequently offered a new home for the Bangor Railway Institute Boys' Corps memorial at its local railway station to safeguard its future for generations to come.
The event at Bangor railway station on Friday will involve the Assembly Member for Arfon, Sian Gwenllian, and around 50 local members of the community. It will also include a reading of the poem For the Fallen, a reading of all the names of the men included on the memorial and a live rendition of The Last Post.
Bill Kelly, Network Rail’s route director for Wales and Borders, said:
“Those who have worked on the railways have a strong and proud history and the re-dedication of this memorial at Bangor station is a very fitting tribute.
“I am extremely proud that Network Rail was able to offer this memorial a new home and I hope it serves many generations to come as an acknowledgement of the ultimate contribution these 16 men made to their communities and country.”
Siân Gwenllian AM said,
“It is incredibly humbling to be part of the re-dedication of the Bangor Railway Institute War Memorial, in memory of local railway workers who lost their lives during the First World War.
“I’m pleased this memorial will be given a prominent position at Bangor station; a fitting tribute to the 16 members of the Bangor Railway Institute Boys' Corps who gave their lives during the Great War.’
“I pay tribute to all those involved in preserving this important piece of local history, and to Network Rail for stepping-in to provide the Memorial with a permanent home, ensuring it stays in our city.”
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