£800 push to complete memorial
THE TEAM behind the town’s new war memorial are making a final push for funds to complete the project.
Volunteers on the committee for the Bollington War Memorial Fund have been working hard for around two years to raise money to create new memorials for the town’s lost soldiers.
The existing cenotaph in the Memorial Gardens is eroding and cannot be repaired, meaning the names of the soldiers are unclear on the stone.
Two new Kerridge stone plinths were commissioned to stand next to the original with corrected spellings and with the addition of some names which were originally omitted.
Members of the community set about raising money with a variety of events,
David Williams and Roy Arnold researched the soldiers to be named on the plinths and local builders John and Stuart Drabble built the plinths.
The memorial stones – carved by stonemason William Warrington – are now in place but had to be made larger than originally intended as the list of names to be added increased to 20, bringing the total to 202 names.
A special resin was also used to make sure the stones cannot be stolen. This has resulted in a shortfall of around £800.
Allan Williams, from Bollington Town Council and the Royal British Legion, has been one of the members leading the project.
He said: “If you can spare a bob or two, please drop it into the Town Hall, it would be greatly appreciated.
“It’s wonderful that we can now remember all the Bollington soldiers.
“The plinths use local stone and skills and it will be a proud moment when we formally dedicate them.”
A time capsule is being created to place behind one of the plinths, documenting the people who have helped make it happen.
Amanda Stott, former town mayor who chose the memorial fund as her charity for the year, said: “As the Mayor’s charity for my year I would like to express my huge thanks to all those who gave so generously.
“I hope everyone is delighted with these very important monuments – a legacy to those who paid the ultimate price and will never be forgotten in Bollington.”
A formal dedication service and wreath laying will take place on October 11, at 2pm.
●● The new Kerridge stone plinths at Bollington War Memorial after fundraising by the community. The builders who installed them are pictured during the work
●● Coun Allan Williams and Coun Amanda Stott who have helped lead the project