"A lot of our work sees us making steps and paving slabs for large commercial and public projects such as schools, universities and large office complexes. One of our most recent projects saw us provide paving slabs for the plaza at Brighton’s i360 tower. But the, every now and then, we are asked to provide materials for projects that differ to the kind that we are usually asked to get involved in," states Chris McBride, General Manager at Blanc de Bierges.
"One of these was to make cast stone plaques for the war memorial at Sittingbourne, Kent. We provided materials when the memorial was first built and, years later, were asked to make the memorial plaque holder and cladding sets for Colonel Donald Dean VC’s memorial. He fought in both world wars and had been awarded the Victoria Cross at the age of 20."
"There were six plaques already on the memorial which were installed in the late 1980s. Our job was to provide a number of cast stone plaques which had a special recess in them, in order for a brass plaque to be added by Swale Borough Council. The council got in touch in 2014 and asked us to provide the new plaque so as to fit with the others on the memorial."
"The stone on the plaque holder is 850 by 850mm and weighed in excess of 800kg. It was made using our specialist reconstructed stone mix. It is engraved with the name, date, regiment and Victoria Cross emblem. The blocks supporting the memorial were also made by Blanc De Bierges, bedded in mortar supporting the plaque holder."
"We get the odd enquiry for memorials but it’s not something we do a lot of; but this was quite a special thing to do and we always relish opportunities such as this. A dedication service for the memorial took part on Remembrance Day 2014 and was attended by the family of Colonel Dean."
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