‘Honour our heroes’: Council wants ideas for permanent tribute to Gedling borough coronavirus key workers

 ‘Honour our heroes’: Council wants ideas for permanent tribute to Gedling borough coronavirus key workers
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Gedling Borough Council is today launching a new campaign to create a permanent tribute to our NHS, carers and key workers and wants residents to submit their ideas. 

The council plans to create a permanent fixture, sculpture or installation in a prominent area of the borough that will be there to honour the sacrifices made in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The council is calling on residents to submit their ideas, concepts, drawings and illustrations, which will be used as part of the process to select an appropriate tribute. Inspiration and themes can be based on the symbols and icons of hope that have come about from the outbreak such as the rainbow symbol, the clapping for the NHS or the colours of the Union Flag, red, white and blue but ideas, suggestions and concepts for the permanent tribute don’t have to include these elements.

The council will allocate funding to kick start the project and will also be working with local groups, including local Rotary clubs, to look at ways to raise additional funds for the project, which could include a potential crowdfunding option once the plans have been finalised.

Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “Across the nation, we have witnessed the incredible and heroic selfless acts carried out by our NHS, Carers and Key workers in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

“This has been the biggest test on our way of life since the Second World War and we think that the men and women fighting to save the lives of our friends, family and co-workers should be remembered. Therefore, we are launching this #HonourOurHeroes campaign to create a permanent tribute to our brave heroes.

Gedling leader John Clarke, left and deputy leader Michael Payne, right have called for residents to submit ideas for a tribute (Credit: Joseph Raynor)

Deputy Leader of Gedling Borough Council Michael Payne said: “We’re calling on residents to come forward with ideas that will help shape a long-lasting tribute to our NHS, carers and key workers that will be placed in a prominent part of the borough. 

“We want the permanent tribute to reflect the courage, bravery and sacrifice that has been made for all of us, as well as remembering every single person who has tragically lost their life to this terrible virus.

“What better way to do this than to work together with our borough residents to create a symbol of hope and reflection that will be an eternal reminder to us all of the extraordinary acts carried out by ordinary people in order to protect us and keep us safe during these difficult times.”

More information about the campaign can be found at www.gedling.gov.uk/heroes 

Residents can submit their ideas by emailing them to [email protected]

Residents can also tweet their suggestions using the hashtag #HonourOurHeroes and including the council’s Twitter handle, @GedlingBC. Paper copies can be sent in the post to: 

Honour Our Heroes
Gedling Borough Council
Civic Centre
Arnot Hill Park


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