Meriden pays tribute to the Great War fallen

Date: Monday 11 August 2014

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A beautiful floral display honouring those who gave their lives during the First World War is now blooming in Meriden, West Midlands.

The colourful roadside memorial, located at the junction of Maxstoke Lane and the B4104, depicts a red poppy on a yellow background to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War in 1914.

Memorial Approach, as the display is known, was created by Solihull Neighbourhoods in Bloom and Meriden Parish Council thanks to a £500 donation from our Midlands regional business, who also helped prepare the ground for the flowers to be planted.

It was unveiled during a special parish council ceremony conducted by Meriden Lay Reader Peter Wright and attended by us, along with other sponsors and local dignitaries.

Anne Wallace, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, says: “It was a great honour for us to play our own small part in this special commemoration for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War.

“A number of Meriden’s own sons perished during this terrible conflict and it is important that the village continues to remember them. Memorial Approach is a beautiful tribute to the people who gave their lives fighting for the freedom we enjoy today.”

As the historic Centre of England, Meriden was chosen as the location for the National Cyclists’ Memorial, which was erected in 1921.

Meriden’s own War Memorial honours the 13 men who lost their lives during the First World War, the last to perish being Private George Harold Timms Poole in June 1919.

We became involved with the Memorial Approach project having opened a new homes development in the village – Mulberry Gardens, off Leys Lane – in September 2013.