Dig deep for victory in battle to restore war memorial - April 29, 2013
THE group raising money to revamp Tonbridge's memorial gardens in time for the anniversary of the First World War is asking for traders and residents to dig deep into their pockets.
Despite securing the total £250,000 the Tonbridge Memorial Gardens Trust need to carry out the works, thanks to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council making up the shortfall, the trust still wants to continue fund raising efforts to rebate this contribution.
Events have been planned to raise the cash, including a day of busking organised by the youth officer for the local Royal British Legion branch, taking place on September 28.
Shops and businesses can contribute by having a collection box in their premises, or residents can visit the trustees at their stall on Tonbridge Taster Day on June 23.
The project is due to be completed by July 2014, with an official ceremony in September that year.
The trust's patron Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L'Isle, said: "As we approach the centenary of the commencement of the Great War on August 4, 2014, it is most appropriate that Tonbridge Memorial Gardens Trust is striving to ensure the continuing remembrance of the fallen in a fitting and appropriate setting of a Memorial Garden."