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Tribute for war heroes

HERO: David Markland, who died in Afghanistan, will be named on the memorial

HERO: David Markland, who died in Afghanistan, will be named on the memorial

Plans for a war memorial to honour heroes from a Chorley village will soon become a reality. Work is due to start shortly on the monument, which will be erected on the corner of School Lane and Wigan Road in Euxton.

It is hoped the memorial will be in place for Remembrance Day. It will feature the names of 30 men from the village who died serving their country.

The Euxton War Memorial Group was formed to work on the project after dad-of-two David Markland, from Euxton, died in Afghanistan in 2010.

His family discovered that although there were four memorials in Euxton, they only bear the names of people connected to certain churches or organisations.

Jim Brotherston, David’s uncle and group chairman, said: “Knowing there were 30 people unnamed on memorials, we decided to bring everyone together, irrespective of religion or anything else.”

He added: “David was the catalyst for it all, but it’s not just about David.”

The group visited other war memorials before choosing a design.

Euxton’s memorial will cost between £25,000 and £30,000 and the group has already raised some money, including receiving a £1,000 donation from Chorley Building Society.

But more cash is needed.

Mr Brotherston said: “We are still in the process of fund-raising. If there are any building companies and builders’ merchants out there too who would like to help, that would be great.”

To get involved, go to www.euxton-war-memorial-group.org.uk.

 

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