Franklin’s Gardens war memorial blessed in its new position at Northampton Saints

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Archdeacon of Northampton Richard Ormston has blessed the Franklin’s Gardens war memorial, which has been relocated as part of the development of the new Barwell Stand.

Club chairman Tony Hewitt attended the ceremony along with relatives of those players who are commemorated on the memorial, having died in the First World War.

The war memorial had been cleaned and put into storage ahead of its repositioning in the corner between the Barwell and Tetley’s stands.

It was formerly located in front of the Sturtridge Pavilion.

The work is being paid for and organised by the Crooked Hooker (Past Players Association), and the Saints.

And Crooked Hooker has also been liaising closely with the club’s chaplain over the removal and 
reinterment of a number of burial urns that have been located next to the war memorial over the past few decades.

Guests were also shown the members’ bar, which will be open along with the Barwell Stand seats at the Saints’ Aviva Premiership game against Saracens on Saturday, November 7.