A special commemorative bench in memory of Captain Sir Tom Moore was unveiled at Millbrook Station on the Marston Vale Line on Thursday (27 May 2021).
After unveiling the bench, Hannah Ingram-Moore said her late father would have been deeply honoured and that she can imagine giggling at the thought of having a bench in his name at the local station.
Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership Officer, said that the bench would be focal point to mark the achievement of Captain Sir Tom, and also a symbol of remembrance for those who had lost their lives in the ‘Forgotten War’ in the Far East. He said:
“This bench recognises his local and national achievement. Words cannot do justice to everything that Captain Sir Tom achieved and also the message of hope that he gave everyone at a time when it was needed.”
Roll & Scroll Ltd was commissioned to design and manufacture the 6-foot bench by the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership (CRP). It was part funded by the Marston Moreteyne Parish Council.
Hugh Roberts, council chairman said that Captain Sir Tom captured the hearts of the world and the parish council had no hesitation in approving a contribution to this bench.
The bench recognises Captain Tom’s achievement in raising over £32 million for NHS Charities Together and the sacrifice of all those who lost their lives fighting in the First & Second World Wars and subsequent conflicts.
Next to the bench is a poem (unveiled in August) written by Mick Child, one of the team of Social Prescribers at Bedfordshire RCC, as an acknowledgement to Captain Sir Tom.
The Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership (MVCRP) is led by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity in association with London Northwestern Railway, Milton Keynes Council, Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council, Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users’ Association, the Forest of Marston Vale, Bedfordshire Association of Town and Parish Councils, Network Rail, British Transport Police and the East West Rail Consortium.
It is one of a growing network of Community Rail Partnerships across the country working to engage communities and help people get the most from their railways, promoting social inclusion and sustainable travel, working alongside train operators to bring about improvements, and bringing stations back to life.