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Colourful Preparations Take Place to mark the Centenary of Loughborough Landmark

One hundred plant pots are being potted to mark the centenary year of Loughborough’s Carillon Tower, which was the first of its kind in the UK when it was erected back in 1923.

Loughborough’s Carillon Tower pays tribute to servicemen who have lost their lives in conflict since World War One.

The tower, located in Queen’s Park, is one of the most well-known monuments in the town.

Charnwood Borough Council said it was planning a service on July 22, exactly 100 years since its unveiling.

Ahead of the anniversary, 100 plant pots have been potted by Loughborough in Bloom, in partnership with Charnwood Borough Council – one for each year the tower has stood.

Leicester Time: Colourful Preparations Take Place to mark the Centenary of Loughborough Landmark
Picture: Loughborough in Bloom

Children’s from Watermead Day Nursery took part in the planting, and other community organisations are being invited to get involved before the pots are placed around the Carillon Tower.

“We want to mark the centenary year of the Carillon Tower and this is a great way to get the community involved in gardening and celebrating our famous war memorial in Loughborough,” said Pat Cook, chair of Loughborough in Bloom.

“I hope the children enjoyed taking part in the planting.”

Military medals will be placed on each of the pots in memory of the servicemen whose names are on the war memorial.

In November, the pots will be replaced by knitted poppies as Charnwood joins the rest of the nation in remembering its fallen heroes on Remembrance Sunday.

A weekend full of events is being planned to mark the centenary of the Carillon Tower on Saturday July 22 and Sunday July 23.

Leicester Time: Colourful Preparations Take Place to mark the Centenary of Loughborough Landmark

Leicester Time: Colourful Preparations Take Place to mark the Centenary of Loughborough Landmark