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Council lottery bid to make over memorial

Boost: An impression of how the memorial could look

Boost: An impression of how the memorial could look

PRESTON’S Cenotaph is set for a huge facelift worth almost £1m after Town Hall bosses applied for grant funding.

PRESTON’S Cenotaph is set for a huge facelift worth almost £1m after Town Hall bosses applied for grant funding.

As the centenary of the First World War approaches, the monument, which stands in Market Square, and the surrounding area will undergo a major restoration should the funding be approved.

If the bid for Lottery funding is successful, the £835,000 pot will be split between work on the memorial and a scheme to develop and deliver a range of projects and events to commemorate the centenary.

A spokesman for Preston Council said: “The decision will be determined by the Heritage Lottery Fund at a committee on November 22.

“If successful the work on the Cenotaph in March, 2013 in time for the memorial service the same year.”

Plans for the makeover include restoration and refurbishment on the existing memorial and repairs to damaged stonework.

This artist’s impression shows how the finished work might look and looks to include further landscaping of the surrounding area.

There will also be an extension to include the names of servicemen and women who have given their life for their country in conflicts since 1945 but how this will be carried out is yet to be decided.

Currently, The names of those World War I servicemen honoured are contained in a Roll of Honour located in the Harris Museum.

This Roll of Honour is inscribed on marble tablets on the ground floor of the building and some 2,000 Prestonians are recorded.

The WWI memorial was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and was unveiled in 1926. It is seen as one of the best in the country.

Plans for the renovation of the memorial and its surroundings are to make it more accessible and to mark it out as a special part of the square.

Preston City Council Deputt leader, Councillor John Swindells said he was looking forward to seeing the cenotaph receive a facelift.

He said: “I have been involved right from the start of the bid and it is great that we are looking to do this.

“This will really finish the area off.”

He continued: ““As we are coming up to the anniversary it is right that we are looking to make the most of the memorial.

“It is vital that we remember all of the servicemen and women who died then and those who have gone since.”

To mark the centenary of the First World War, Preston council will implement a new project to begin in 2013.

The Preston Remembers project will not only renovate the cenotaph but will develop and deliver a range of projects and events based on Respect and Remembrance and Family History, for a wide range of audiences.

It is hoped that these events will develop awareness and understanding of the Memorial and the history of Preston during and after the conflict between 1914 and 1918.

 

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