Ilkeston-based housebuilder Fairgrove Homes unveiled a commemorative plaque in the town of Kimberley on Remembrance Sunday to remember local heroes of the First World War – as the nation marked 100 years since the signing of the armistice.
A special service was held at the Holy Trinity Church in Kimberley on the morning of Sunday 11th November before the Remembrance Day parade through the town and the service continued outside the newly renovated War Memorial.
The plaque, commissioned by Fairgrove Homes, was dedicated by the Rev Barbara Holbrook during the service before being unveiled in its new home in the former brewery yard, by MP for Broxtowe, Anna Soubry.
Speaking about the new plaque, Fairgrove Homes MD Steve Midgley said, “During our research we became aware of a Roll of Honour which used to hang in the Board Room and so with the WW1 centenary celebrations this year we thought it would be a good time to make this a permanent memorial to those brewery workers who fought for their country.”
He continued, “Our work to redevelop the Hardys and Hansons Kimberley Brewery site is one of our flagship developments from our 25 years in business. To never forget those men who left the brewery to fight is important for the local community and the wider 100 years commemorations.”
Following the revealing of the plaque, MP for Broxtowe Anna Soubry, said, “It is an honour to unveil this plaque which remembers those men that answered their country’s call during the biggest war this world had witnessed to this point. We must extend significant gratitude to Fairgrove Homes and all those that have worked hard and invested money in order to make this tribute a reality – ensuring these men are remembered for many years to come.”
Fairgrove Homes is currently developing the site of the former Hardys & Hansons Kimberley Brewery which when completed, will consist of a mixture of townhouses, detached homes and apartments. A significant part of the former brewery is being restored to its former glory in order to remember a business that was an integral part of the town for over 170 years until its closure in 2006.
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