THE much-loved Bata War memorial is set for a re-dedication service.
The Bata War Memorial was restored to its former glory in the latter part of 2013 in time for the Remembrance Day services. This involved a complete deep clean, repointing of the granite blocks, new paving and steps as well as new granite plaques. These plaques show the names of 81 Bata employees who died during the Second World War.
The Bata Reminiscence & Resource Centre is hosting a Rededication Service of the Memorial and the new plaques on Sunday 27 April at 200pm. Refreshments will be available in the village hall afterwards.
Guests include Lord Petre, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, The Mayor of Thurrock, Councillor Tony Fish, and his Consort Ms Michelle Wadhams, local Members of Parliament, Stephen Metcalfe and Jackie Doyle-Price as well as Mrs Monica Pignall, granddaughter of Tomas Bata. A number of families of those named on the plaques have been traced and some of them will be present for the service.
This is a community project and the local community are asked to come along and support it as a community event.