Memorial to borough’s fallen finally put in place

New South Ribble war memorial being installed in Lostock Hall

New South Ribble war memorial being installed in Lostock Hall

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A huge new war memorial commemorating more than 600 fallen soldiers from South Ribble is being moved into place.

The 40ft monument depicting a First World War soldier was craned piece-by-piece into place in Dandy Brook Park, Lostock Hall, in the early hours of yesterday morning. It is expected to be complete today.

Created by DP Structures in Nelson, it also features poppy shapes and the years 1914 and 1918.

It is the first time all the names of the fallen from the borough have been gathered together in one place. The painstaking research was carried out by local historian Charlie O’Donnell.

The war memorial is due to be opened at a dedication ceremony in time for Remembrance Day in November, with members of the fallen soldiers families invited.

Coun Alan Ogilvie, armed forces champion for South Ribble, said: “I am extremely pleased, proud and excited that following years of hard work, in conjunction with funding committed by and through the council, that the South Ribble Borough WWI memorial is now due to be dedicated on Remembrance Day.

“The purpose of the memorial and peace garden is to enable everyone to be able to remember those from our local community who made the ultimate sacrifice. It is humbling to think that members of the public will be able to visit this memorial in 25, 50, 100 years from now to ensure that those sacrifices are never forgotten.”

The memorial and a surrounding peace garden will form part of the greater St Catherine’s Park, due to open to the public in summer 2016. It is a joint project between South Ribble Council and St Catherine’s Hospice.