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'Lost' Darwen war memorial to go on display
A FORGOTTEN memorial to people killed during the First and Second World Wars is being restored and will be put up in a prominent Darwen town centre location.
The memorial is in tribute to fallen members of the former National United Services Club, where Bar Java now stands in Green Street. The original club closed in 1985.
The memorial was found by the then owner of The Railway pub in Railway Road in the cellar and for the past four years the memorial had been sat in an office at Darwen Library.
But now it will be put up somewhere near the town hall in Croft Street.
Town councillors in Darwen discussed the disused memorial during their meeting earlier this month and had since investigated having it restored.
The work is now being carried out by Blackburn stonemason Brent Stevenson.
The memorial – about three feet by two feet, and made of white marble and weighing 30lbs – was yesterday in the process of being repainted and when completed it will be white with black letters for the names of the deceased.
Whitehall town councillor John East said he had taken on the project following the meeting.
He said: “I am really pleased it is moving now.
“It is important that we preserve our heritage here in Darwen.
“These memorials should not be lost.
“I am delighted Brent Stevenson has volunteered his services to repair it.
“This is yet another success for Darwen Town Council.”
Mike Coyle, Lancashire representative of the War Memorials Trust, said he was delighted the memorial was being put back on display.
He said: “It is great that another piece of Darwen’s heritage is being restored.
“Up and down Lancashire there are still lots of memorials under threat or lost.
“It is wonderful to see one being brought back into use.”