East Finchley Labour Councillor Arjun Mittra has welcomed the installation of a plaque listing the names of local First World War dead inside the entrance of East Finchley library.
The plaque was formerly part of the Royal British Legion based on Brackenbury Road, which was demolished in 2013. The developers of the site removed the plaque and donated it to a plaque collector, against planning conditions.
Cllr Mittra's interventions ensured that the plaque was returned to the ownership of the Council. After it was recovered in 2014, he suggested that East Finchley Library would be the most appropriate location of the plaque, as the names of those commemorated were members of a con-conformist and non-Congregationalist group, and the placement of the plaque within a church was considered inappropriate.
Cllr Mittra said:
“I am delighted that we were able to save this plaque. We must remember our war dead and honour them properly. East Finchley library is a perfect location for the plaque which commemorates local people who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“I am disappointed though that there has not been a proper rededicating ceremony, which would have been a good opportunity to bring the community together, remember the war dead and teach the next generation about what happened. I have asked the Council if a ceremony could be arranged.”
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