24 February 2021
East Grinstead Town Council has placed two commemorative benches for the Covid pandemic, one bench to remember all who have been lost or suffered through the lockdowns and one to thank the great efforts of so many who have and continue to help to bring us through.
The two benches were placed at the McIndoe Lawn on 24th February, unveiled by Cllr Helen Farren (Chairman of the Amenities and Tourism Committee, pictured), Cllr Farren said “These benches are our permanent memorial to all affected by the Pandemic, through the grief of losing a loved one, the loneliness of shielding and even being restricted on going outside.
We also wanted to separately say thank you to all those working so hard to keep us safe and bring us through. As the Prime Minister, this week announced the roadmap towards the end of restrictions and a return to normality it seemed appropriate for East Grinstead to unveil our memorial”.
There are two benches one is a bespoke wrought iron bench with representative images of all groups of people touched by the pandemic and with the inscription:
For many months, to sit outside was but a wish
The second is an EGTC standard bench, with the inscription:
Recognising all those who helped to overcome Covid 19 NHS, Key Workers and all volunteers
It is hoped as people sit on the benches by the Statue they will reflect on the struggle of the second world war where pioneering surgery was developed, through to the 2020/21 pandemic where again pioneering science was needed to bring us back to being able to enjoy the simple things like sitting on a bench in the sunshine. While remembering those who did not make it.