Dedication at Keynsham Cemetery for bench to honour town's fallen

June 10 2015
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A blessing and dedication has been held at Keynsham Cemetery of a commemorative bench to honour and remember those who have given their lives for their country, and to provide visitors with a place for reflection.

A blessing and dedication has been held at Keynsham Cemetery of a commemorative bench to  honour and remember those who have given their lives for their country, and to provide visitors with a place for reflection.

A blessing also took place of the new cremated remains area in the extension of the cemetery on Friday, May 29. Reverend Andrew Judge, of Keynsham & Saltford Churches Together, carried out the blessings and town councillors, office staff, representatives from Keynsham Civic Society, Keynsham History Society, Keynsham Heritage Trust and local funeral directors joined in with prayers.

Councillor Lisa O’Brien, chair of the town council, thanked Reverend Judge and all present for attending and and said that the town’s War Memorial lists 80 names of men from Keynsham and Saltford, who died fighting in the Armed Forces. There are at least five whose final resting place is in Keynsham Cemetery. 

She said: “Honouring their memory has transcended the generations so this bench offers the opportunity for all to reflect on their sacrifice and the legacy of safety they provided.”

Finally, town clerk Jo Swift thanked the groundsmen for their hard work in helping to create the two areas in the cemetery.