05 February 2013

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal is set to unveil a memorial at Northamptonshire County Council’s Brixworth Country Park on Thursday (7th February)

The memorial was commissioned by the county council’s fire and rescue service during 2012 to commemorate and honour Northamptonshire’s firefighters and to provide a quiet place for remembrance and reflection by members of the community who have been affected by fire in some way.

The memorial stands 9ft tall by 3ft wide and is made from black granite, set against a background of white Portland stone. The stone was supplied by Boden & Ward Stone Masons from Flore and the carving for the memorial was executed by Paul Timms.

The memorial will be dedicated by The Right Reverend John Holbrook, Bishop of Brixworth and will be formally unveiled by the Princess Royal who is also a patron of the Firefighters Memorial Trust.

Children from Brixworth Primary School and Walgrave Primary School will also attend the ceremony and a child from each school will present the Princess Royal with a posy.

Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage, county council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection said: “It is a great honour to have a member of the Royal Family unveil this important memorial which recognises all the firefighters who unreservedly risk their lives for our safety every day.

”The rural surroundings of Brixworth Country Park are a very appropriate home for this memorial, giving all people affected by fire a quiet and naturally impressive place to reflect and remember.