WW1 Legacy for Swanley

Hundreds of people attended the unveiling ceremony on 11th November in Swanley when 110, five foot high stainless steel silhouettes were revealed with incredibly positive comments from local residents.

The Mayor of Swanley, Councillor Lesley Dyball opened the ceremony along with local MP Sir Michael Fallon and dignitaries from other local authorities each pulling off shrouds to reveal the silhouettes.

There were also more than 20 relatives of the fallen, 60 schoolchildren and Swanley Town Council staff who had erected the silhouettes and plaques and coordinated the event over the previous weeks.

The display also includes an incredible 2420 knitted poppies which were provided by local volunteers in the town.

CEO of Swanley Town Council Mr Steve Nash said ‘I am extremely pleased with the event and with the silhouettes which exceeded my own expectations and has been very positively received by local residents’.

Funding for the project came from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cllr Michael Horwood’s Kent County Councillor grants, local business and church sponsors.

Councillor Dyball said ‘this is an incredibly proud moment for me as Mayor of Swanley to see such a powerful representation of the sacrifice made by Swanley people in the past and to see so many people honouring them today’.

Silhouettes of Fallen Swanley WW1 soldiers
Silhouettes of Fallen Swanley WW1 soldiers

The silhouettes will be a permanent feature in the town thanks to Asda who lease the site and Sevenoaks District Council who allowed the work to proceed.

Plans are underway to provide other types of dedications in future years to those who have fallen in other conflicts all around the town.