Park’s war memorial platform is now built

Preston's College bricklaying tutor Ken Rutlidge, County Coun Mike Otter, bricklaying student Bradley Higham and bricklaying tutor Kevin Gaskell
Preston's College bricklaying tutor Ken Rutlidge, County Coun Mike Otter, bricklaying student Bradley Higham and bricklaying tutor Kevin Gaskell

The construction of a war memorial that will commemorate a village’s soldiers who fought during the First World War has begun.

Bricklayers have now created a plinth for the memorial at Farington Park.

A memorial peace garden is being created within the park, which will include a plaque naming the 55 Farington soldiers who fell during the conflict.

A brick laying student and tutors from Preston College carried out the work.

It is the start of the development of the garden and memorial, which will be completed in time for a dedication ceremony on September 27.

The village community has joined forces for the special project, including Balshaw’s High School students who are making 55 plastic poppies to be placed in the garden during a special ceremony later this year.

Historian Joan Langford has spent months researching the men who contributed to the war effort and wants the memorial to be a fitting tribute to those who never made it back home or died shortly after their heroic return. She has been supported by county councillor Mike Otter. Funding has come from grants from Farington Parish Council, the Central My Neighbourhood Forum and the Farington Community Fund.