Buxton’s Battle of Somme heroes honoured in loco naming
With 2016 marking the continuation of the World War I centenary commemorations, sites right across the business have helped communities remember important events throughout the year. We named a Freightliner class 66 diesel locomotive “Poppy” in memory of 15 workers from Buxton Lime Firms (now Tarmac) who served and died in the Battle of Somme. A naming ceremony at our Tunstead Quarry was attended by more than 50 people, including Andrew Bingham, MP for High Peak and members of The Royal British Legion who officially unveiled the engine.
Commenting on the event, Viv Russell, lime and powders director at Tunstead, said: “Tunstead has been a proud member of the local community for more than a century. We were really pleased to celebrate our local heritage and commemorate the bravery of those men who fought and died in the Battle of the Somme with a fitting tribute.
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