Tarmac Remember Employees Who Served At The Somme
Tunstead’s apprentices have proudly unveiled the poppy they have made with the help of a local sculptor / blacksmith in memory of the 15 men who worked at the Buxton Lime Firms and lost their lives 100 years ago and to mark the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme.
The metal poppy, which stands a metre tall, will be permanently located in the reception at Tunstead House as a permanent memorial to the men who died in battle. Engraved on each of the individually crafted surrounding petals are the names of the men who lost their lives.
Viv Russell, Lime and Powders Director at Tunstead, said: “The original idea for this came from Eric Turner, our Estates Manager. Last year he produced a ‘Roll of Honour’ book, giving details of all the men who worked at the Buxton Lime Firms and lost their lives in the First World War.
“Our apprentices were keen to play a part and use their skills to create a memorial that would act as a permanent reminder of those who died. We are really proud of what they have achieved here and are honoured to have it on display in our reception.”
A commemoration occasion took place on Friday 1st July at Tunstead House. Eric Turner paid tribute to each of the Lime Firm’s fallen while archive cine film footage of troops involved at the Battle of the Somme was playing in the background. Eric spoke about each of the soldiers individually, recounting where their grave or memorial is located and some of their family history. Eric also described on a map the difficult tasks that the soldiers were involved in during the battles. Apprentices George Woodward, Liam Garner and Jack Nuttall were all involved in the project. George & Liam, pictured above with Viv Russell, explained the making of the Commemorative Poppy before the Poppy was unveiled by Kim Shilcock who represented the Derbyshire Branch of the Institute of Quarrying.
Notes to Editors
The BLA is a constituent body of the Mineral Products Association (MPA), which is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. The BLA represents the interests of three member companies, responsible for producing 75% of the lime sold in the UK. The BLA members are Lhoist UK, Singleton Birch Ltd and Lafarge Tarmac Ltd.
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