A unique commemorative bench was unveiled at Bedfordshire’s Millbrook Station on the Marston Vale Line on 29 May by Captain Tom’s daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, and Eric Robinson MBE, County President Royal British Legion Bedfordshire.
Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership (CRP) commissioned Roll & Scroll Ltd. to design and manufacture the 6-foot bench. The bench is intended to both recognise Captain Tom’s achievement in raising over £32 million for NHS Charities Together and the sacrifice of all those who lost their lives fighting in the First & Second World Wars and subsequent conflicts with a particular focus on the often forgotten Burma campaign.
The bench has been funded by Marston Vale CRP with a contribution from Marston Moreteyne Parish Council, and is the second stage of the CRP’s celebration of Captain Tom at Millbrook Station following the unveiling of a special poem in 2020 (copy attached).
The event was attended by representatives from the community rail partnership, Marston Moreteyne Parish Council, the Royal British Legion, the Friends of Millbrook Station & the Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users’ Association.
Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership officer said “It is a great privilege to welcome Hannah Ingram-Moore to Millbrook Station to unveil this stunning bench today. Captain Tom was such an inspiration to the whole country, and I’m delighted there is a permanent reminder of him at a station he knew well. My thanks to all the team at Roll & Scroll Ltd. for their attention to detail on this project and to Marston Moreteyne Parish Council for their grant support.
I would also to thank my CRP colleague Andy Buckley for coming up with the idea for the bench and the Friends of Millbrook Station for their dedicated voluntary work in transforming the appearance of the station over the last ten years”.
Hannah Ingram-Moore said “I am incredibly proud to reveal this beautiful memorial bench for my father, Captain Sir Tom Moore here at Millbrook Station. It’s something that everyone can enjoy when visiting here at this beautifully maintained train station in our home county. My father was so invested in local community and would be thrilled to hear the volunteers who uphold Millbrook Station are so passionate and dedicated in caring for the station and the travellers who pass through. I implore you to volunteer at Millbrook, where your support would be most welcome.”