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Remembrance Day artwork unveiled by One Maidstone at The Mall, Maidstone

A large window display honouring the armed forces has been put on display for shoppers to see.

A Maidstone based organisation has produced a huge four panel piece with a semi- transparent stained glass effect with a detailed design to show the army, the Royal Air Force,the Royal Navy and another panel to show peace being declared.

The artwork has now been unveiled (20320767)
The artwork has now been unveiled (20320767)

Designed by One Maidstone's press officer Sarah-Jane Adams, it will be on show at the King's Street entrance to The Mall, Maidstone in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.

One Maidstone Business Improvement District (BID) welcomed the Mayor of Maidstone, representatives of the Royal British Legion, serving members of the forces and veterans to the reveal ceremony this afternoon.

BID manager, Ilsa Butler said: "As a Garrison town, Maidstone has a long and rich military history, and Remembrance Day is always a well observed and respected occasion throughout the borough.

"Representing the town centre as the BID, we felt it was fitting to produce a high impact piece that would create a real statement to mark this year’s remembrance campaign, hopefully provoking thought and reflection amongst the many shoppers and workers who use the Mall on a daily basis.

"The design has been created to depict the Army, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, honouring all those who have given their lives and years of service to our country, in all forms of conflict, past and present.

"It’s deeply important to us that the work has the approval of the Royal British Legion and representatives of the forces, and we appreciate the support of those parties, and of the Mall in allowing us to use this space so effectively."

Crowds gathererd to see the piece (20320769)
Crowds gathererd to see the piece (20320769)

The local branch of the Royal British Legion will also be taking this opportunity to launch their Poppy Appeal in partnership with the shopping centre.

The Mall will also be replicating the artwork on an empty unit, formerly BrightHouse, on Floor 2, where poppy stalls will be stationed this year, and where a service will be held on Monday November, 12

Veteran Graham Damms attended the ceremony, he said: "It has been a couple of months in the making and it is lovely, nicely done and it means a lot to all of us.

"It is a lot better than we thought and it was nice to have the Gurkhas along as well. It has made the day."

Mayor of Maidstone, Marion Ring said: "It is absolutely lovely, it is nice to see everyone here sharing it with us and it is very appreciated.

Graham Damms (20320774)
Graham Damms (20320774)

"Any work I get from Sarah-Jane I expect to be fabulous and it was very good. She has done a fantastic job."

The printing of the artwork, no small task, was carried out by local family business, BISON.

Mark Bidewell, the managing director of the company said: "It is a proud moment to have been selected by One Maidstone to print and install the Remembrance Day artwork.

"We're very much apart of the fabric of Maidstone's industrial history and take seriously our responsibility to serve the community."

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