Rachel Reeves

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

We Will Remember Them

 Rachel and Peter

Rachel joined over 800 local people for the unveiling of Bramley's long-awaited war memorial at a special centenary remembrance service at Bramley Park.

On a beautiful, sunny August morning, hundreds gathered to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War, as well as those who had fallen during more recent conflicts abroad.

Bramley History Society have campaigned for the memorial for many years, and the Friends of Bramley War Memorial group was formed two years to bring together all interested parties with the objective of getting the funding for the memorial and consulting with local people about the site, as well as the type of memorial. Bramley and Stanningley Councillor Caroline Gruen, Chair of the committee, spoke at the service to thank the local community for their generosity and support in helping to bring the memorial to Bramley. 

The dedication service was particularly moving, with many of the families of the soldiers in attendance to pay their respects to their loved ones. Rachel read a piece written by Peter Paylor, a Bramley resident and veteran of World War II. Rachel is pictured with Peter here.

Rachel commented: 'The service was a very moving and fitting tribute. It was particularly inspiring to see the family of 20-year-old Sheldon Steel, who tragically lost his life in Afghanistan in 2011, lay a wreath in his memory. The memorial is a wonderful addition to the local community, ensuring that the bravery of heroes like Sheldon will always be remembered'.


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