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Blackburn memorial rebuilt to mark war centenary

Lancashire Telegraph: The memorial in the cathedral was dismantled in 1965 when the building was undergoing massive internal changes. The memorial has now been rebuilt. The memorial in the cathedral was dismantled in 1965 when the building was undergoing massive internal changes. The memorial has now been rebuilt.

A DAMAGED First World War memorial honouring the deaths of 72 soldiers has been reconstructed and will be rededicated next month to mark the centenary of the start of the conflict.

A special service is being held at Blackburn Cathedral on Sunday August 3 when the memorial will be rededicated by the Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev Julian Henderson.

The cathedral’s Canon Sacrist, Andrew Hindley, who has been in charge of the restoration, said it was placed in the-then Blackburn Parish Church – now the Cathedral – in November 1920.

It contained the names of 72 soldiers from the parish who had fallen.

Canon Hindley said: “Sadly it was dismantled in 1965 when the cathedral was undergoing massive internal changes.

“Much of the frame and carvings was lost at that time. Only the four bronze panels bearing the names of the fallen and five wood carvings of angels survived.

“But we did discover that photographs and news-paper cuttings from the Lancashire Telegraph (then the Northern Daily Telegraph) still existed in their files and, although no drawings or original plans survived in the archives, we then explored the possibility of remaking the memorial.”

Last year the Cathedral Chapter decided that the reconstruction of the memorial should be the centrepiece of rededication on the 100th anniversary.

A new inscription on the base will record the centenary service and remember all the fallen of Lancashire - not just those from Blackburn. The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, the High Sheriff and mayors and civic dignitaries are being invited to attend the service.

The remaking of the memorial was put in the hands of Blackburn joiners Cooper Bespoke Joinery.

Canon Hindley said: “Now what we really want is to find as many relatives of the men named on the memorial as possible in the hope that they can come and join us for this very special occasion.

“What happened to the memorial in 1965 was a tragedy but we can now put that right by rededicating the restored work.”

The original memorial was designed and made by the Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Arts whose most famous works on public display include the main gates of Buckingham Palace and Liverpool’s Liver Bird carvings.

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2:21pm Fri 18 Jul 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Yawn. Why not just let go
Yawn. Why not just let go 2 for 5p ridesagain
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2:43pm Fri 18 Jul 14

the beaver says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Yawn. Why not just let go
Sometimes when you see scum of the earth people like you, I wish Hitler had put your parents in a gas chamber to rid this world of your DNA.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Yawn. Why not just let go[/p][/quote]Sometimes when you see scum of the earth people like you, I wish Hitler had put your parents in a gas chamber to rid this world of your DNA. the beaver
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2:51pm Fri 18 Jul 14

woolywords says...

Let me guess..
Some money was found in the COUNCIL coffers to enable this work?
And was never available in the CofE funds to enable it's general upkeep.
...
Have you ever heard of the term, oxymoron?
It's from the Greek, where two things appear in contradiction to each other..
The church is always begging for money, yet owns some really great parcels of land that could generate income.
The oxymoron is, the land would be used by Muslins..
Let me cite a place, before you all go nuts on me..
On a Accy road is a church, used by a few, with little to contribute to it's upkeep, therefore, and in a perfect business sense, why utilise the land behind it, on a rental basis, for a madrassa, which is badly needed in that area?
Opposite the end of Hozier St, is an obscene amount of land, with few in it, owned by the church.. Create a madrassa on it, in the spirit of cohesion. Where they pay rent to Christians, instead of the usual thing.
Everyone is objecting to that house on the corner being used as a madrassa, for whatever reasons. It could become fun.
Why not, build a madrassa, on stilts, with a play area beneath?
I'd go for the plans, as long as some of the piles of it, were perfect goalposts.
Oh, it has to have a screen wall, for when the girls are having a kick-about, when the boys aren't looking.. To teach them the offside rule, of course!
(You'd be amazed the number of women, that like football but have no clue about the offside rule.)
...
Bigoted I may be, but I do have a sense of the dichtomy of this town and it's inevitable future. Therefore, like a reed in the wind, I bend to it.
But, that said, I do like the idea of an English church and a madrassa being alongside each other, as it may serve as a beacon as to how, in spite of our opinions, the children can knock each other to bits in football and love it.
Don't just idly vote, add you opinion..
Let me guess.. Some money was found in the COUNCIL coffers to enable this work? And was never available in the CofE funds to enable it's general upkeep. ... Have you ever heard of the term, oxymoron? It's from the Greek, where two things appear in contradiction to each other.. The church is always begging for money, yet owns some really great parcels of land that could generate income. The oxymoron is, the land would be used by Muslins.. Let me cite a place, before you all go nuts on me.. On a Accy road is a church, used by a few, with little to contribute to it's upkeep, therefore, and in a perfect business sense, why utilise the land behind it, on a rental basis, for a madrassa, which is badly needed in that area? Opposite the end of Hozier St, is an obscene amount of land, with few in it, owned by the church.. Create a madrassa on it, in the spirit of cohesion. Where they pay rent to Christians, instead of the usual thing. Everyone is objecting to that house on the corner being used as a madrassa, for whatever reasons. It could become fun. Why not, build a madrassa, on stilts, with a play area beneath? I'd go for the plans, as long as some of the piles of it, were perfect goalposts. Oh, it has to have a screen wall, for when the girls are having a kick-about, when the boys aren't looking.. To teach them the offside rule, of course! (You'd be amazed the number of women, that like football but have no clue about the offside rule.) ... Bigoted I may be, but I do have a sense of the dichtomy of this town and it's inevitable future. Therefore, like a reed in the wind, I bend to it. But, that said, I do like the idea of an English church and a madrassa being alongside each other, as it may serve as a beacon as to how, in spite of our opinions, the children can knock each other to bits in football and love it. Don't just idly vote, add you opinion.. woolywords
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11:42am Sat 19 Jul 14

:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-) says...

WHO,S gonna be paying fer this thing
WHO,S gonna be paying fer this thing :-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-)
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4:58am Sun 27 Jul 14

eric4kath says...

It may be that my Uncles name will be on there his name and rank CPL Albert Wolstenholme MM , Machine Gun Corps , died of wounds September 1918 , if he is I am sorry that I cannot be there but I did manage to visit his grave in Bethune , near Arrass in France earlier this year to pay my respects to an Uncle I never met who ,like many others , gave his life so that many millions could live theirs God Bless
It may be that my Uncles name will be on there his name and rank CPL Albert Wolstenholme MM , Machine Gun Corps , died of wounds September 1918 , if he is I am sorry that I cannot be there but I did manage to visit his grave in Bethune , near Arrass in France earlier this year to pay my respects to an Uncle I never met who ,like many others , gave his life so that many millions could live theirs God Bless eric4kath
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