A new poetry trail marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day has been unveiled at Brecon’s Promenade.
The project has been funded by Brecon Town Council. It includes eight new benches each featuring a line from a poem called “We Will Remember Them” which was written by Year 6 Pupils at Llanfaes School, Brecon.
The scheme was put forward by local Councillor Matthew Dorrance who worked with the Town Council to ensure the project helped the town mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day and improve the Prom for the community.
St John Ward Councillor Matthew Dorrance said:
“I’m grateful to Brecon Town Council who supported my idea and provided the funding for this project.
“Through this poetry trail, we have been able to work with young people in Brecon to create a lasting remembrance of the 75th anniversary of VE Day and provide much needed seating for residents and visitors at the Prom.
“Over recent months we’ve all been reminded just how important our green spaces and parks are so it’s great that Brecon Town Council is investing in them for the future.”
Karen Lawrence, Headteacher at Llanfaes CP School added:
“We are thrilled to have participated and won this competition. Remembering those who gave so much so that our children’s futures are secured is incredibly important. To have our children’s work engraved on the bench as a lasting memorial as part of the town’s VE commemorations is an honour and a privilege”.
Chair of the Environment and Events Committee Cllr Ieuan Williams said:
“When I received this request from Councillor Matthew Dorrance to seek the Committees support for this project, I didn’t hesitate in taking it forward.
“The town has missed out on a number of important Military occasions this year amongst them the VE and VJ Day Celebrations and of course Remembrance Sunday.
“This Poetry Trail will help to keep these very important dates in everyone’s minds whilst providing additional seating down at the Promenade.”
All photos are supplied by Brecon Town Council.