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Staff from local firm spruce up Darwen cemetery
STAFF from a Darwen electrical manufacturer have stepped outside the factory to do work in the community.
Seven workers from Ritherdon, in Lorne Street, spent a day working at Darwen Cemetery, with a second day of work lined up on Thursday.
The group of men and women teamed up with the Friends of Darwen Cemetery to carry out tasks such as getting rid of invasive Himalayan balsam, and maintaining graves.
The idea came from Ritherdon production operative Rick Luker, who suggested the cem- etery as a project the firm could get involved with. Mr Luker said company owner Ben Ritherdon had asked for suggestions of worthwhile causes to support.
He said: “Mr Ritherdon said he wanted to donate a day’s work to charity. I know the friends’ group chairman John East through the Scouts, so I suggested we help them out.
“The cemetery is a very worthwhile cause. It had been left to get in a state, and the friends group have done a great job.
“The majority of the friends are elderly, so to be able to send some younger people there for a full day means we can get a lot done. The people who went really enjoyed it.”
Mr Ritherdon said: “As a company, we wanted to give something back to the community and this was a perfect way to do that.”
Friends chairman Mr East said: “It is a remarkable testament to the people of Darwen. The community spirit makes Darwen unique and I can only commend Ben Ritherdon and his staff for this wonderful gesture. I hope other companies will take note and get involved in their local communities.”
Mr East said the group was always on the lookout for new volunteers, particularly those with gardening skills.
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