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‘Forgotten’ war memorial returned to full glory

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A poignant remembrance service was held at a “forgotten” war memorial which has been restored to its former glory.

Veterans stood shoulder to shoulder with elderly residents at the First World War memorial stone on the spot of the former Mount Olive Baptist Church.

Around 40 people gathered around the monument which was in a sorry state before it was cleaned up by local councillors ready for the 100th anniversary of the conflict.

The remembrance service, held in Plover View, saw ex-Servicemen join members of the Veterans’ Association, residents, councillors and representatives from four churches.

The Rev. Charlie Hill, of All Saints’ Church, led the ceremony and Pastor Jeff Brunton, of the Life Church, read prayers at the service which was also attended by the Rev. Phil Clarke, of Padiham Road Methodist Church, and Fr Howarth of St Mary Magdalene’s.

A bugler sounded the Last Post and Reveille which was punctuated by a minute’s silence before wreathes were laid by Coun. Neil Mottershead and MP Gordon Birtwistle.

Coun. Mottershead, who helped restore the stone memorial alongside Coun. Charlie Briggs, said: “It was really poignant. There was about 40 people who came to the service.

“Someone came whose grandad’s name was actually on the memorial stone.

“They have never had a memorial service there before. It had been forgotten about and when I came across it four years ago it was three-quarter buried.

“But we have restored it and now we can take pride in it.”

 

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