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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Millom cenotaph helpers sought as council slashes budget

A RALLYING cry has been issued for volunteers to help maintain a memorial to Millom’s war dead.

Cuts in Copeland Borough Council’s budget for 2013 mean that flowerbeds around the Millom Cenotaph will no longer be maintained by the council.

However, concerns raised by residents have spurred a group dedicated to maintaining Millom Park to appeal for help in planting new flowers and giving the area surrounding the cenotaph a lift.

Millom town councillor Joan Hobbs, chairwoman of the charity Friends of Millom Park, says the group will do what they can to maintain the memorial.

She said: “We have heard from Copeland Borough Council that they will still be cutting the grass around the cenotaph, but we will not be able to maintain the flower beds to the same standard they were before because it’s too labour intensive.

“We are, however, looking into getting some half barrels and planting roses.

“Friends of Millom Park is not just about looking after the park, it’s a civic pride thing, and we are looking to get together a working party to plant some flowers, and we need people to come forward.”

Cllr Hobbs said she was made aware of complaints raised by residents about the cenotaph on Facebook.

She said: “I think some people expect things to be done in the blink of an eye; they don’t realise people have other commitments.

“I hope that everyone who complains will be willing to lend a hand.”

The cenotaph was recently the site of a number of floral tributes to Drummer Lee Rigby, who was killed in a suspected terror attack in London last month.

Cllr Hobbs said it is a vital part of the town’s identity.

She said: “I think it’s very important. People in Millom justifiably take great pride in the cenotaph.

“A lot of young people gather around it to sit but there’s never any litter or graffiti. They are always very respectful.

“It doesn’t matter which way you come into town, you will see the cenotaph.”

Cllr Hobbs is looking for anyone willing to spare some time to help spruce up the cenotaph to get in touch on 01229 774430.

Have your say

I notice Whitehaven Egremont and surrounding areas are full of flowers. Millom is always left out. We pay our council tax the same as Whitehaven.

Posted by dorothy bailey on 2 July 2013 at 14:13

I notice Whitehaven Egremont and surrounding areas are full of flowers. Millom is always left out. We pay our council tax the same as Whitehaven.

Posted by dorothy bailey on 2 July 2013 at 14:13

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