Quilting in memory

Maureen Legget (foreground) and Myrna Green
Maureen Legget (foreground) and Myrna Green

Two nimble-fingered Leighton ladies have taken part in a unique World War One memorial project.

Maureen Legget of Talbot Court and Myrna Green of Rock Lane have been busy back-stitching pre-cut squares which will be made into a Centenary Quilt commemorating those in the community who lost their lives.

Maureen, 70 – co-ordinator of U3A’s local Needles and Pins group – said: “I’ve always been interested in geneaology and when Myrna told me about the project, I looked into my family history.

“My maiden name was Dudley and I discovered a great grand uncle – if there’s such a title - called Henry Royle Dudley who was killed in the conflict.”

Grandmother Myrna, 77, who ran the Buzzer Bus for 10 years, didn’t know anyone who’d died so popped down to the town’s war memorial to see if there were any names she recognised.

To her delight, she found Lt Cecil Henry Green, who had similar initials to her husband and his father.

Myrna said: “When I sent my square to Philippa McCray, the very nice lady organising everything, she wrote back with some interesting information about LB’s cenotaph.

“It’s apparently one of a kind – made from the largest single block of granite ever quarried in the British Isles.

“I was amazed that it was so special because no one seems to know anything about it.”
The monument is 25ft 3in high, 3ft 2in square and weighs 22 tonnes.

Philippa McCray, who lives in Lutterworth, says her great uncle Richard Stringer inspired the initiative.

She said: “I started it in January and never imagined it would be so successful. I’ve had requests for squares from all over the world. It’s already raised more than £3,000 which will be divided between Help for Heroes and Quilts for Injured Servicemen.”

> For more information visit www.spanglefish.com/firstworldwarcentenaryquilt/