Memorial undergoes much-needed repair work

Councill Michael Green at the refurbished Calvary War Memorial in St Mary's Cemetery. Below, before the restoration
Councill Michael Green at the refurbished Calvary War Memorial in St Mary's Cemetery. Below, before the restoration
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A Leyland war memorial has been refurbished just in time for Remembrance Day next week.

The Calvary War Memorial in St Mary’s Cemetery, off Worden Lane, has been restored this year by St Mary’s Parish, with the assistance of a Local Member Grant from Lancashire County Council.

County Coun Michael Green, who represents Leyland South West, said: “Wear and tear had taken its toll on the memorial and sadly, plaster had broken off and it had become difficult to read the names of the victims of the world wars.

“It was estimated the required repair work would cost more than £1,000, but funding was a problem at the time.

“When I received the funding application, I was keen to support it, particularly as the centenary of the start of the First World War was fast 
approaching.

“Unfortunately, I could not give the full amount requested, as funds are limited, but I was pleased to be able to award a grant of £939.

“My grant, together with some additional funds from the parish, has allowed the memorial to be transformed, with all the broken plaster being removed and repaired, a new tiled surface being installed, and the memorial plaques cleaned and re-etched. Poppies have also been planted in two new planters.

“I am pleased that the war memorial is now a much more fitting tribute to those 37 young men from Leyland who gave their lives for our freedom.”

Each year, a wreath is laid on the war memorial by a mystery person, who Coun Green said will be particularly welcome at the Remembrance Service on Tuesday, as the parish would like to make contact with them. Members of the public are asked to assemble at the war memorial by 10.45 on Tuesday, November 11 for the Remembrance Service, which will be led by Father Jonathan Cotton, the Parish Priest of St Mary’s.