War memorial ready for Remembrance Sunday after revamp

Coun Alan Cornthwaite at the war memorial
Coun Alan Cornthwaite at the war memorial

The latest phase of improvements at Garstang’s war memorial has been completed in time for this weekend’s Remembrance Day service.

The names of The Fallen from both world wars listed on the Park Hill Road memorial had faded, making them difficult to read.

Concerned town councillors decided earlier this year to pay for special paint to be applied to the lead letters to make them clear.

Now the work has been finished ready for Sunday’s act of remembrance.

One of the town councillors behind the project, Coun Alan Cornthwaite, said he was delighted with the outcome. “It definitely needed doing, as some of the letters had faded considerably,” he said.

“I am pleased it has been completed, particularly before Remembrance Sunday.”

Coun Cornthwaite said other improvements needed at the memorial included the rebuilding of a wall which is leaning and some repointing.

The improvement programme is being carried out under the supervision of Garstang Council’s amenities committee, chaired by Coun Lady Dulcie Atkins.

Funding for future improvements is still under discussion.

Coun Lady Atkins recently approached the Royal British Legion about possible joint funding of improvements, but the Legion was unable to help.

The council is hoping to get grant aid towards future improvements via the War Memorials Trust.

It is hoped some of the work will have been carried out by next year, the 100th anniversary of the World War One breaking out.

This coming Sunday will see services and acts of remembrance throughout rural Wyre.

In Garstang people who wish to pay their respects to the town’s war dead are invited to assemble at 10am at the High Street car park for a parade to St Thomas’s Church.

That service will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial.

The official Wyre Council wreath will be laid by Coun Tom Balmain.

Wyre Council will drop charges on the High Street car park between 8am and 2pm on Sunday.