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Paving stones honour Victoria Cross

Published: 14/03/2016
Paving stones honour Victoria Cross

Commemorative paving stones for two Lincoln men were unveiled at a special ceremony at Lincoln Drill Hall on Thursday, June 4.

The stones were unveiled by The Right Worshipful Mayor of Lincoln and Chairman of Lincolnshire County Council, Councillor William Webb, in a joint ceremony for Leonard Keyworth and James Upton, who were both awarded the Victoria Cross in May 1915.

The tribute forms part of the Government-led initiative by the Department for Communities and Local Government to provide a lasting legacy of Victoria Cross recipients from the First World War.

The scheme aims to lay a paving stone in the birth place of each of the 482 men to honour their bravery.

Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Andrew Kerry, welcomed relatives of Leonard Keyworth and James Upton to the ceremony. He said: “It was envisaged that the scheme would engage with both the local community and family relations of the Victoria Cross winners and I am very pleased that so many of you can be with us today.

“I am delighted that we are joined by relatives of both Leonard Keyworth and James Upton.

“It is a great honour to pay tribute to two men who won the Victoria Cross during the First World War, both a credit to this historic city. The principal aims of the scheme are to honour the bravery of the Victoria Cross winners and to provide a lasting legacy of their courage.”

The paving stones have been designed to make people ‘pause and remember’, and also feature an electronic reader which can be scanned by any smartphone to find out more information about the Victoria Cross recipient.

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