Time to remember our war dead

Photo Neil Cross'County councillor Mike Otter helping Lengthsman Peter Heise to place a time capsule in the grounds of Farington Park
Photo Neil Cross'County councillor Mike Otter helping Lengthsman Peter Heise to place a time capsule in the grounds of Farington Park

A time capsule has been buried in a Farington park to honour soldiers from the village who lost their lives during the First World War ahead of the opening of a memorial at the site.

The capsule was buried by the Bashall Grove entrance to Farington Queen Elizabeth II Park, where a memorial garden will be unveiled by Col Alan Jolley, Vice­Lieutenant of Lancashire, on Sunday, September 27 at 2pm.

Coun Mike Otter, who was involved in producing the memorial, said: “We have different memorials in the area for the men but I wanted to bring them all together in one place to celebrate these soldiers who gave their lives.

“We had the memorial built from cobblestones to make it look relative to the area as the park is on an old mill site.”

Fifty five poppies, engraved with each soldier’s name and rank, will be placed in the garden, with descendants of some of the soldiers being among those placing them.

The poppies’ flowers were made by students at Balshaw’s CE High School in Leyland and the stems produced by an apprentice at Leyland Trucks.

Bradley Higham, a bricklaying student at Preston’s College, made a plinth on which a plague manufactured by a P

Local historian Joan Langfiord said: “Detailed and extensive research of the men resulted in so many interesting facts and stories about them that it was decided to record all these findings in a book to go alongside the plaque.