Com­mem­o­rat­ing First World War

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements -

The Tri­en­nial will also be mark­ing the cen­te­nary of the First World War. The void left in Ton­tine Street where Stokes’ Green­gro­cers stood un­til a Ger­man Gotha bomber dropped a sin­gle bomb in the street will be trans­formed into a com­mem­o­ra­tive space to hon­our the 61 peo­ple who died there – in­clud­ing shop­keep­ers Wil­liam Stoke, his son Arthur, and brother Fred – on Fri­day May 25, 1917. A plaque now stands alone on the site which be­came derelict af­ter a fire in 1985 closed the re­built shop af­ter the bomb­ing.

A new me­mo­rial is be­ing in­stalled this week by stu­dents of the Univer­sity of Cre­ative Arts and Al­ge­rian artist Amina Me­nia.

She said: “There is no phys­i­cal

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