THOSE who lost their lives in the First World War will be remembered with the opening of a commemorative garden in Aireborough.

The new garden in Nunroyd Park will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Jane Dowson at 1pm on Monday, October 9.

Ward councillors Paul Wadsworth, Graham and Pat Latty led on the development of the project over the last two years and will be attending the opening, along with representatives from community groups, school children and voluntary organisations.

Cllr Wadsworth said: "We were determined to create a space to commemorate those from our area who have lost their lives in war. It has been a long road getting here, but hopefully the new commemorative garden will stand as a fitting tribute to those who fell in World War 1. I hope that the opening event will be well attended by the local community and hope that we can work with local groups to further enhance the garden in future years.”

Cllr Graham Latty said he was delighted the garden was to be formally opened to members of the public.

He added: "It is important that we take the time to remember those from Aireborough who have lost their lives in conflict, and a commemorative garden is an ideal way to encourage quiet reflection. I would like to thank everyone involved in the project, and hope that the garden will now take its place at the heart of the local community."

Cllr Pat Latty said: "With the centenary of the end of the First World War fast approaching, it can sometimes seem like that conflict is in the distant past. However we should never forget those who lost their lives, particularly those from our own communities. That is why I am pleased that the opening of the garden will also be attended by a number of children from local schools, so that future generations will always remember this important part of our shared history."