Gannow councillors clean up in time for service to mark 100 years since war’s start

The men who worked on the restored memorial. From left, Charlie Briggs and Neil Mottershead. Above, how it looked before the makeover

The men who worked on the restored memorial. From left, Charlie Briggs and Neil Mottershead. Above, how it looked before the makeover

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A BURNLEY war memorial has been given a makeover by two councillors in time for a special service to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Gannow councillors Neil Motters-head and Charlie Briggs have restored the war memorial in Plover View, on the site of the former Mount Olivet Baptist Church, which has since been demolished.

The memorial stands at the corner of Plover Street and Broughton Street.

It took the pair just over a day to carry out the work, which involved stone cleaning and power washing, as well as cutting bushes back, laying matting, and gravelling around the monument.

The councillors have also organised a special service of remembrance at the war memorial, which will take place in April, and are inviting the whole community to participate in the event.

Coun Mottershead said: “Me and Charlie did all the work. It took just over a day. We do not mess about."

The two councillors, along with Ightenhill councillor Tom Porter, are inviting residents of both wards to a Service of Remembrance, on Wednesday, April 23, at 1pm on the corner of Plover Street and Broughton Street at the war memorial.

All the churches in both areas have been invited including St Mary Magdalene Church, All Saints/St John the Baptist, Padiham Road Methodist Church and Life Church. The Army Cadets and Veterans Association will also take part.

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3:21pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Lancs_Lad says...

Excellent. I assume the image caption in the article should read "Above, how it looked AFTER the makeover" rather than before ? (You can see it before on Google StreetView..)

Whilst Coun. Mottershead and Coun. Briggs have taken their own time in an attempt to tend to the monument, one has to hope that they sought the appropriate advice before doing so, preferably from restoration experts.

it isn't always a case of grabbing a pressure washer and going in gung-ho, in the long run it could have been best to leave the monument with a protective patina to it, something which will likely now have been wiped away..
Excellent. I assume the image caption in the article should read "Above, how it looked AFTER the makeover" rather than before ? (You can see it before on Google StreetView..) Whilst Coun. Mottershead and Coun. Briggs have taken their own time in an attempt to tend to the monument, one has to hope that they sought the appropriate advice before doing so, preferably from restoration experts. it isn't always a case of grabbing a pressure washer and going in gung-ho, in the long run it could have been best to leave the monument with a protective patina to it, something which will likely now have been wiped away.. Lancs_Lad
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6:40pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Marsdogs says...

And just in time for the up-coming local elections.
And just in time for the up-coming local elections. Marsdogs
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