To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, West Lancashire Borough Council has been working to ensure the war memorials across the Borough are looking their best.
For many this historic anniversary will make Remembrance Sunday an even more poignant occasion this year.
Over the last six months the Council has been helping owners of war memorials, by providing grants to organisations to ensure that their monuments are looking their best in November.
Grants have been given to St Anne’s Church, Ormskirk; St Stephen’s Church, Banks; St Richard’s RC Church, Skelmersdale; Holy Trinity Church, Bickerstaffe; and Halsall Parish Council for work on their memorials. The works have included repairs to damaged stone, re-pointing of the memorials and bases, re-lettering and repainting of inscriptions and cleaning of memorials.
Newburgh Parish Council has also had a grant to help it update the Roll of Honour held at Parbold Library.
Works will also take place over the next few weeks to clean the Council owned memorials in Burscough; Lathom; Newburgh; Coronation Park, Ormskirk; St Helens Road Park, Ormskirk; Skelmersdale and Up Holland. Memorials at Halsall, Hesketh Bank All Saints Church and Bickerstaffe Holy Trinity Church will also have cleaning works done.
Councillor Martin Forshaw, portfolio holder for Planning and Development, added: “2014 is a very important occasion as it is 100 years since the start of World War One. We are pleased to have been able to help make sure all the memorials are in the best possible condition in good time for the poignant events of this year.”
Councillor David Westley, West Lancashire Borough Council Leader and portfolio holder for Estates, said: “Although Council budgets are limited we felt it was important to offer assistance to the owners of these important monuments so the memorials are looking their best as the nation commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One. The grants have helped organisations do some very important work in time for this year’s Remembrance Sunday.”