Swanley Wins Grant

The Heritage Lottery have just awarded Swanley Town Council £9700 toward marking the centenary year of WW1.

The project will see young school children carrying out research to identify all the fallen from WW1 that lived in the town.

The children will have to find out What Regiment they were in, the date they died, their full names and regimental numbers and any other supporting information which sheds light on the lives in the town.

This information will then be engraved onto Steel Silhouettes and mounted on a large wall which dominates the town centre of Swanley.

Mayor of Swanley Councillor Lesley Dyball said ‘this is great news for the town and will be a true legacy for the future and create a remarkable feature for visitors’.

It is estimated that around 120 steel silhouettes will be needed and they should last another 100 years while acting as a constant reminder to all of the sacrifices made.

There are still sponsors needed to ensure that all 120 silhouettes can be created in time for the unveiling as each one costs £200 to make and there are 14 sponsors still to find.

Local business have been very supportive so far and organisers are confident this can be achieved.