Plan to refurbish Earby war memorial

A £4,000 scheme to refurbish the Sough Park war memorial has been unveiled.

The memorial was the first in Pendle to be granted a Grade Two listing by English Heritage, and in 2010 nine ‘forgotten’ war heroes from Earby from the Boer War were added to the memorial.

Now Earby Town Council, and Pendle Council’s memorial officer Rob Careswell, are planning on a refurb of the memorial that will see it professionally cleaned, stonework repointed and new bronze plaques added.

Coun Vera Cocker, from the town council, said: “We are very proud of the war memorial and it is a fantastic monument for the area.

“This is a great project and Rob Careswell has been brilliant on working with the town council, coming up with the scheme and helping with funding.

“It will be wonderful to see the memorial given a new look. These things need cleaning professionally every now and again and it will be great to see it once it is finished.

“There is also some slippage in some of the steps which will be repaired and the stonework repointed so that it doesn’t happen again.”

A grant of £2,500 has been secured from the War Memorials Trust for the work, and a bid for funding of £1,831 from the West Craven Area Committee has been submitted.

The war memorial was officially unveiled in 1922, with a further unveiling of the extension in 1949 after names from the Second World War were added.

In November 2010 the name of Lance Corporal Jordan Bancroft was added to the memorial, after the 25-year-old died in Afghanistan in August of that year.

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