Alexandra Park Achieves Centenary Field Status
Published 14 July 2014
Broadcaster Roy Noble OBE and Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Cllr Howard Hamilton this week unveiled Alexandra Park as an official Centenary Field.
The opening, held on 17 July, comes after the official launch of the Centenary Fields project by HRH the Duke of Cambridge in Coventry.
The Centenary Fields project, Led by the UK charity Fields in Trust in partnership with The Royal British Legion, aims to protect war memorial fields, parks and green spaces created in memory of those who lost their lives during World War I.
Ivor Morgan, Chairman Fields in Trust Cymru said: “Centenary Fields is a fitting and unique way of marking the sacrifices made by servicemen and women 100 years ago in World War I. We are delighted that the Vale of Glamorgan Council is the first local authority in Wales to protect space as a Centenary Field and we call upon all other authorities in Wales to follow the Vale’s lead and protect more spaces over the next four years to create this living legacy.”
Cllr Neil Moore said: “The Council and Cabinet fully support this initiative that recognises the ultimate sacrifice made by service personnel. It will also add to the protection of this valuable Park in Penarth signifying the Centenary of World War I. I was delighted to assist The Fields in Trust in creating this legacy for future generations.”
In 1924 the Cenotaph, by Cardiff-born sculptor and medallist Sir William Goscombe John, was erected in memory of those who lost their lives in the First World War and some years later the Garden of Remembrance and topiary work were added.