CORONAVIRUS victims in a Herefordshire town will be honoured with two memorial benches, giving people a place to sit alone, or with others, and reflect.

Kington Town Council is pushing ahead with plans to pay £3,000 on one of the benches for the recreation ground, in Park Avenue, which should be installed later this year.

Coun Judith Gardner told a meeting on Monday, August 2 that the semi-circular bench, to resemble a rainbow for the NHS, would be made from galvanised steel and have a lifespan of 50 years.

She said they were low maintenance, durable and the finish would not be degraded by the weather.

It semi-circular design meant people could sit facing into the middle as a group, or looking out to the rolling countryside to reflect.

The second design was still in progress, with the council considering other places to put it, such as within the grounds of the Church of St Mary.

Ward councillor Terry James questioned the security of the churchyard, in Church Road, as it was isolated, with chair Bob Widdowson reminding everyone the purpose of the benches was for contemplation.

Councillors agreed to defer a decision on the benches until a meeting on August 16.