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Memorial event to be held in Lansbury Park

Posted on : 25 Apr 2023

Memorial event to be held in Lansbury Park
An event is planned to be held at 3pm on Friday 28th April to officially open a new memorial in Lansbury Park.

The memorial has been installed by Caerphilly County Borough Council on green space in Maxton Park to commemorate Darren Smith who was posthumously awarded The Queen’s Gallantry Medal for exemplary bravery.

Darren lost his life trying to save two-year-old Geraint Lewis and his nine-month-old sister Jade from a fire in their home on the estate in December 1989.
It replaces the commemorative plaque that was located in the former GP surgery in Lansbury Park and also incorporates the planting of trees in memory of Geraint and Jade.

The event will be officiated by Cllr Liz Aldworth, Mayor of the Caerphilly county borough, who said “It will be a privilege to join the families of Darren, Geraint and Jade in officially opening the new memorial and remembering the incredible sacrifice made and great loss on that tragic night.  We hope it will become a space where family, friends and the wider community can visit to reflect, remember and celebrate the lives that were sadly lost.”

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