Stoke & Staffordshire

Swynnerton Roses WWII munitions workers commemorated

A rose bed to commemorate World War II munitions workers
Image caption The rose bed was created near to the entrance to a former munitions factory
War memorial and rose bed
Image caption The rose bed, complete with bench, is close to an existing war memorial
Plaque next to rose bed
Image caption The rose bed is dedicated to ROF Swynnerton's former workers

A rose bed to remember women who worked at a munitions factory in World War II has been dedicated.

About 1.5 million women worked in UK ammunition factories and the 20,000 at ROF Swynnerton, in Staffordshire, became known as the Swynnerton Roses.

The site of the plant is now owned by the Army and is used as a training base.

A spokeswoman for Swynnerton Parish Council said a bench and plaque formed part of the "contemplative area".

A tree was previously planted at the National Memorial Arboretum, near Alrewas, in honour of the workers.

Stoke-on-Trent South Labour MP Rob Flello is currently heading a campaign for a more "significant memorial" within the arboretum.

Surviving Swynnerton Roses were invited to the dedication service, which took place earlier.

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