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Burnley war hero’s memorial restored

At the restored memorial to Pte James Booth, left to right: Mr Craig Simpson, Mr Cameron Collinge, manager at Burnley Cemetery, Mr Andrew Brown, Crow Wood Leisure, and  Mr Bill Hedley, Stone Edge (s).

At the restored memorial to Pte James Booth, left to right: Mr Craig Simpson, Mr Cameron Collinge, manager at Burnley Cemetery, Mr Andrew Brown, Crow Wood Leisure, and Mr Bill Hedley, Stone Edge (s).

A Burnley war memorial which pays tribute to a fallen First World War soldier has been restored.

The statue at the soldier’s graves in Burnley Cemetery was built in memory of Pte James Booth, who was killed in action in France in 1917.

As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict, Burnley resident Mr Craig Simpson had called for the memorial, which had been damaged and fallen into disrepair, to be returned to its former glory.

After the Burnley Express highlighted the story, businessman Mr Andrew Brown, owner of Crow Wood Leisure, came forward with an offer to fund the restoration work.

Now the work has been carried out, and Mr Simpson and Mr Brown joined stonemason Mr Bill Hedley at the cemetery to mark the end of the project.

Mr Hedley’s company Stone Edge, based at Lomeshaye Business Village, cleaned the grave and repaired the statue, replacing the rifle and other key features.

Mr Simpson said: “I think the work has been carried out really well. Pte Booth’s relatives, who put up this memorial in the 1920s would have been pleased to know that respect is still being shown to him and the other Burnley soldiers who lost their lives in the war.”

Mr Cameron Collinge, Burnley Council’s manager at Burnley Cemetery, added: “We are very pleased that this work has been carried out, and wish to thank Mr Brown for his support.

Over the coming weeks, Stone Edge will carry out further work to reletter and clean all the public war memorials in the borough as part of the council’s contribution to the respectful remembrance of the First World War that so many Burnley people and organisation are contributing to.”

 

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