DVD commemorating 100 years of the unveiling of Hinckley’s War Memorial to be released this Friday

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 11 April 2022

A NEW DVD commemorating 100 years of the unveiling of Hinckley’s War Memorial is set to be released this Friday (15 April).

The War Memorial, Argents Mead (Image: HBBC)

It has been produced by Paul Gardner, Founder of Hinckley District Past and Present (HDPP), in collaboration with local historian, Greg Drozdz.

The ‘superb’ forty-minute long film documents the history behind the creation of the town’s war memorial wall, based inside of the Argents Mead park.

It explores many of the sites which were originally considered for the Memorial, the fundraising that needed to be done to make it a reality, and the dignitaries who were there on 20 May 1922, who witnessed history as it was first unveiled.

The film further discovers the heart break of three mothers from Hinckley who all lost their sons – and the story of how the memorial ended up in the Mead.

Viewers will also learn about the architect behind the memorial, its ‘unique’ design, and the additional World War II plates which were further added.

It will look at a 13-year-long campaign which had seen ‘missing names’ finally get etched on to the memorial wall after not originally being there – and it will reveal how all of the missing names had been identified.

Then, a look at the ‘sad face of vandalism’ to the memorial, as well as the ongoing modern-day maintenance works that take place to it, as the weather regularly takes a toll to it.

And, ‘rare’ pictures of the unveiling which took place 100 years ago back in 1922 have been included on the film.

Paul Gardener, Producer and Creator of the film, told the Hinckley Free Press: “I was simply amazed and intrigued behind this fascinating story that Greg has researched for the whole town.

“Parts of Argents Mead we all take for granted would not be there today if not for the creation of the memorial.”

Greg Drozdz added: “This production is a companion to the DVD released at last year’s Remembrance – Hinckley War memorial Roll Call.”

The production features every name on the memorial with pictures where possible and is read over suitable remembrance music.

Those without a DVD player should not worry, as it will also be offered on a USB stick, so that it can be played on all sorts of electronic devices.

The proceeds of the sales of the production will go towards HDPP’s local good causes and heritage fund and Greg Drozdz’s chosen local cancer charities.

It has been described as a ‘real must have’, if you have relatives who are on the memorial.

Copies of the production can be purchased from Jaspers of Hinckley on Castle Street, and the Hinckley & District Museum, based on Bond Street.

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