Members of the public have been urged to come forward and help restore the county’s smaller, perhaps forgotten war memorials.
Preston Remembers – the lottery-funded project set up to oversee the city’s First World War centenary events – is seek volunteers to help audit, maintain and research war memorials across the city.
Restoration of Preston’s Grade II listed war memorial is already well under way and due to be completed by Remembrance Sunday.
Laura Jamieson, of Preston Remembers, said this latest phase shifted focus to the area’s other memorials, “both those proudly displayed and those which are forgotten”.
This would include everything from the spectacular piece inside St Walberge’s to smaller outdoor memorials in Ribbleton or Lostock Hall.
Laura said: “Memorials act as historical touchstones, linking the past to the present, enabling people to remember and respect the sacrifice of those who died, fought, participated or were affected by conflict.” The next memorial in line for restoration was in Broughton.
She added: “We appeal to anyone to come forward – even if only to recommend other war memorials from towns in Lancashire that we can restore.”
Coun John Swindells, cabinet member for planning and regulation, said: “The restoration work on Preston’s Cenotaph is gathering pace and the memorial now looks quite different.
“If you know of any memorial to the First World War, get in touch and make sure it gets added to the list.”
Colonel Bernard Stam, president of Preston and District Veterans Council, which is also backing Preston Remembers, said: “It’s good that Preston remembers – so we don’t forget.
“We’ll get a good reaction to the Preston Remembers project and the Cenotaph’s restoration in Preston is of the utmost importance.”
For more details on the project, call 01772 906880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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