Ian Austin

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Local MP appeals for Grazebrook records

Dudley MP Ian Austin has appealed to local people for records and photos of the Grazebrook War Memorial in Buffery Park.

The Friends of Buffery Park are appealing for any information about the creation or design of the monument that will help them secure funding from the War Memorial Trust for its full restoration.

Austin will be launching the appeal with Friends of Buffery Park member Steve Briscoe at 11am 30 on Monday 22 December at Grazebrook Park, Grazebrook Road, Dudley, DY2 8SS.

Local people can pass on any records they have by contacting Lynn Horton on 07857 043 096.

The memorial was first erected in 1920 by the Grazebrook family in member of their son, Captain C A Grazebrook, who lost his life in the Great War along with many other local people.

For the last seven years Austin has organised an annual Remembrance Day service at Grazebrook Park every year working with local Councillors Shaukat Ali, Steve Waltho and Safeena Arshad and residents from the Friends of Buffrey Park.

Ian Austin said:

“Local people have shown great respect for the Grazebrook Memorial, so I’m sure there are lots of residents out there who have records, photos or newspaper cuttings from when the memorial was established.

“I’m appealing for them to come forward so the Friends of Buffery Park can secure this extra funding and restore the memorial in full as a tribute to men from the town who gave their lives fighting for freedom and democracy.”

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