£800 push to com­plete me­mo­rial

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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.

Pic­ture: Janet Beech

●● The new Ker­ridge stone plinths at Bolling­ton War Me­mo­rial af­ter fundrais­ing by the com­mu­nity. The builders who in­stalled them are pic­tured dur­ing the work

Pic­ture: James Ni­cholas

●● Coun Allan Wil­liams and Coun Amanda Stott who have helped lead the pro­ject

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