Appeal for Darwen war grave adopters

Teenagers help out last year in Darwen graveyard

Teenagers help out last year in Darwen graveyard

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THE Friends of Darwen Cemetery have launched an appeal for more people to adopt war graves in the town.
The appeal comes as the friends gear up for commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War in August.
Chairman John East said: “We are making an appeal for people who would like to adopt a war grave.
“We have a few Commonwealth War Graves which need adopting.
“People need to contact us and we will show them where the graves are.
“They will be given some instructions on what to do and how to look after it.
“We will make sure they know what to do and then they just need to maintain it throughout the year.
“There are nearly 100 Commonwealth War Graves in Darwen Cemetery and the majority of them are adopted.
“This is just one other way people can commemorate the war dead of Darwen.”
Once a war grave has been adopted, people are asked to visit the grave regularaly and tend the bed, possibly placing flowers or other floral tributes.
The headstones are the responsibility of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission who will repair and clean them.
Individuals can adopt war graves as well as schools or community groups.
Anyone wishing to adopt a war grave can email dianedavies@darwencemetery.org.uk

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1:08pm Sun 6 Jul 14

abetterblackburn says...

Whatever your belief or of no belief at all there is a need for somewhere to place the remains of our dead. The state of our burial places have become a disgrace and all the best to those concerned with their efforts. Somewhere decent to remember the people from our past is indeed a worthwhile venture. Good luck!
Whatever your belief or of no belief at all there is a need for somewhere to place the remains of our dead. The state of our burial places have become a disgrace and all the best to those concerned with their efforts. Somewhere decent to remember the people from our past is indeed a worthwhile venture. Good luck! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 7

9:21pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Richard Pembrook says...

Maybe blackburn council could "adopt" the graves as we seem to be paying a small fortune every month for out poll tax. They seem to be able to pay for a top of the range BMW for the mayor to drive round in out of it with no problems.
I would like to know who in the council sanctioned the war graves being knocked over & pasted with stickers about health & safety? Seems health & safety "issues" don't seem to affect the richer peoples graves which have much higher gravestones at the top of the cemetery!
Maybe blackburn council could "adopt" the graves as we seem to be paying a small fortune every month for out poll tax. They seem to be able to pay for a top of the range BMW for the mayor to drive round in out of it with no problems. I would like to know who in the council sanctioned the war graves being knocked over & pasted with stickers about health & safety? Seems health & safety "issues" don't seem to affect the richer peoples graves which have much higher gravestones at the top of the cemetery! Richard Pembrook
  • Score: 5

12:54am Mon 7 Jul 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

I shall go down to the grave yard at the weekend and help.
Hey watch out there's a flying pig. !
I shall go down to the grave yard at the weekend and help. Hey watch out there's a flying pig. ! 2 for 5p ridesagain
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