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Martyr's Plaque Beacon Park1

Nottingham based metal railings and gates manufacturer Alpha Rail has supplied the metal commemorative “Martyr’s Plaque” as well as over 600 metres of new railings within Beacon Park in Lichfield as part of a contract valued at £80,000. The scheme is a BALI award winning project.

Dating back to the late 1800s, Beacon Park is set in more than 70 acres of beautiful formal gardens and open space. The works are part of an extensive renovation thanks to a £3.9m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.

HRH The Princess Royal visited Beacon Park on Wednesday 24 April as part of an official one-day tour of Staffordshire.

Princess Anne was led on a tour of Beacon Park, including Museum Gardens, the Recreation Grounds, the newly refurbished play area and the community gardening facility. The Martyr’s Plaque is the remains of the city’s common seal which was originally set in the façade of the Guildhall. Following a Victorian rebuild of the Guildhall it was moved to the rockery of Beacon Park and it has now been restored and a bronze commemorative plaque mounted on decorative upstand to mark its location and explain its history.

Commenting, Alpha Rail Sales Director Phil Ball said, “Knowing that we were supplying bespoke metalwork to a such a beautiful park that would later be visited by a member of the Royal family is a great honour and we are pleased with the effect our railings and the metalwork for the commemorative plaque have added to the visual appeal of the park and gardens.”

Alpha Rail was founded in 1985 and employs 40 staff at its factory based in Kirkby in Ashfield Nottingham. The company partners with building and civil engineers, fencing and landscaping contractors on a wide variety projects that require metal railings, gates, pedestrian guard rail.


Other projects have included Jubilee Park in London which were renovated as part of the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the company has recently supplied the metal railings for the Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham.