Remembrance honour for Portishead’s Battery Point

PUBLISHED: 16:28 26 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:28 26 October 2018

A service was held last week to mark the occasion. Picture: North Somerset Council

A service was held last week to mark the occasion. Picture: North Somerset Council

North Somerset Council

Part of Portishead has been dedicated to those who gave their lives fighting for king and country during World War One.

Children from Lakeside Nursery attended the event. Picture: North Somerset CouncilChildren from Lakeside Nursery attended the event. Picture: North Somerset Council

Battery Point has been granted centenary fields status courtesy of North Somerset Council, and through the Fields In Trust charity.

It means the area is given protection as a site of remembrance.

A service to mark the dedication was held on October 17.

It is more than two years since the idea was first raised by Portishead town councillor John Clark.

Initial hopes were that the golf course, in Nore Road, could become a centenary field, but North Somerset Council – as the landowner – chose not to pursue that option.

Instead, town and North Somerset councillors supported choosing Battery Point instead for the honour.

The area has a wealth of history linking it to the armed forces.

It has been used as a lookout post and during World War One was manned by Devon and Cornwall Fire Command.

A North Somerset Council spokesman added: “They were supported by Number Two Heavy Battery Devon Royal Garrison Artillery which was based at the nearby Royal Hotel.

“By World War Two coast artillery searchlights and coastal guns were in place, which were manned by the Home Guard by 1942.

“At the end of the war the old barracks became homes for people who had been bombed out of their own homes.”

Several sites up and down the country have received the centenary fields commendation, including Weston Woods, near Worle.

The initiative is run by Fields In Trust in partnership with the Royal British Legion ahead of next month’s 100th anniversary of the Armistice at the conclusion of World War One.

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