A volunteer has already commenced work on restoring two benches that originally stood in the Garden of Rest in Ludlow.

Funds are now required to purchase additional materials and commemorative plaques.

One of the benches will be dedicated to the memory of the Rev'd John Baulch, a much loved former Rector of Ludlow who served during the 1980s.

The other bench will commemorate the 75th Anniversaries of VE and VJ Day held during the year of the Covid-19 epidemic in 2020.

On completion of the restoration work any surplus funds will be put towards the continued restoration of HMS Ludlow's Ensign and Ship's Bell, both of which are displayed in St Laurence church.

Graeme Perks, a Ludlow town councillor and carpenter, who trained at the London School of Furniture is leading the restoration and says that the work is challenging.

“These seats were made in the 1950's, only two survived from the 10 concrete bases on the garden of rest,” said Mr Perks.

“They will be repaired and temporality fitted in time for VJ Day in mid-August.

“We have some archive images of the old crumbling seats in situ and are keeping images of the current workshop volunteer restoration work, one with the exiting commemorative plague from the early 1950's.”

To make a donation to the work call into Poyners in Broad Street or contact Mr Perks.