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Ulverston war memorial to be restored for centenary

A MONUMENT to Ulverston’s war heroes is to be restored in time for the centenary of the First World War.

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APPEAL At the war memorial, from left, Tom Pickthall, president Ulverston British Legion; Cllr Pat Jones; Martin Simpson, chairman Cumbria branch of the Western Front Association; Ulverston mayor Brenda Marr; and Norman Bishop-Rowe, vice-president Ulverston British Legion. HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50047155B000

Ulverston Town Council is appealing for donations to have the war memorial in Market Place professionally repaired and cleaned ahead of next year’s events to commemorate 100 years since the start of the Great War.

It has estimated the work will cost around £15,000, and the council is hoping to get the work done later this year so the new sandstone has time to “weather in” before the centenary events.

For serving town councillors, the appeal has an added personal significance.

Former mayor Pat Jones is keen to see the grade II-listed monument restored to its former glory, as her father was among those who fought in the war.

And councillor Norman Bishop-Rowe, poppy organiser for the Royal British Legion in Ulverston, welcomed the town’s efforts to properly recognise the sacrifices made by the town’s heroes.

He said: “It is part of the town’s heritage but also marked the sacrifice that the men and their families made for the freedom that this country has enjoyed.”

He said it was pleasing to see that the respect and admiration for the people named on the memorial plaque has been passed down to the younger generation.

“Young people are more aware of it now than they ever were, thanks to the internet and the work of schools,” he added.

Town clerk Jayne Kendall said she has some funding in place already and is in the process of applying for further grants but public support will be needed if the restoration is to be completed in time.

She said: “If people would like to make a donation – whether it’s £1 or whatever – the mayor would like to encourage that.”

So far £4,000 has been secured through money allocated to a local county councillor for use in the town.

The memorial was unveiled in 1921 and carries the names of fallen soldiers from the First World War on three sides, with World War II heroes inscribed on the fourth.

Anyone wanting to contribute should make cheques payable to Ulverston Town Council.

Have your say

As an ex serviceman I whole heartily support the effort being made to repair Ulverston's War Memorial. But I would like to point out that a very good friend of mine, who has 2 great uncles listed on the Roll of Honour who were killed in action in 1914, brought this to the attention of the Town Council in the first place. If the Legion Officials and Councillors were that concerned they might have picked up on the fact that repairs were required prior to a member of the public raising the issue, an inspection before each Rememberance Sunday might be a good idea.

Posted by Barry Collins on 22 April 2013 at 14:18

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