A service was held on 3rd November to dedicate a new memorial lantern in recognition of the sacrifice of Ringwood people who fell during the First and Second World Wars.

The Ringwood Centenary Lantern, which takes pride of place on the front of Ringwood Gateway, replaces the previous lantern (which originally was to be used only for a year) with something unique and permanent to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The Town Council would like to extend thanks to Ian Parmenter, the blacksmith who designed the lantern; Reverend Terry Roberts, Chaplain for the Ringwood Branch of the Royal British Legion, who did so much to champion and fund-raise; and Kevin Jones of Sheerin Bettle Architecture, who provided technical assistance with the design, planning application and installation.

The total cost of the project was £5,000, which was all raised by public subscription, thanks to the generosity of the local community.

The lantern will be lit on the anniversary of the death of every Ringwood service man or woman who fell in both wars.