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Old 06-02-2011, 17:24   #1
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ACCRINGTON's WAR MEMORIAL

Accrington's War memorial has been vanadlised again.
My eldest daughter visits it every week, today she found panel number 8 had come off again, less than 18 months since the last botch up repair job was done. To prevent the panel from being smashed by the local yobbery, she has taken the panel to the Gatty Park project for sake keeping.

Instead of getting those tablets refitted by a properly qualified monumental mason, it was done on the cheap as usual, and had to be repointed less than a month later in August 2009.
On checking, she found that the botch up pointing repairs, on the other panels has also fallen off.
More unescessary expense.

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Old 06-02-2011, 19:08   #2
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It should have been done properly Walter, as you say. I'll take it up with the Chief Executive tomorrow.
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Old 06-02-2011, 20:25   #3
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It should have been done properly Walter, as you say. I'll take it up with the Chief Executive tomorrow.
Just been searching on the Great War Forum, and English Heritage has supplied funding for repairs to WW1 War Memorials in the past.
I don't think they would approve of the repairs being done by Messrs Boggit & Leggit, the firm usually employed by Hyndburn Borough.
They will only assist if qualified workmen are used.
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Old 07-02-2011, 15:15   #4
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Mr Britcliffe its not just there on a Sunday in November so that you can get your picture in the local rag, its there the other 364 days a year, hyndburn council should be ashamed, the men of Accrington & surrounding areas gave their lives for us all & we should never forget them, their names need to be displayed in honour. HBC get it sorted & do a proper job this time after all there's plenty of money in the pot
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Old 08-02-2011, 18:00   #5
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Article on the Telegraph website;

Call to repair Hyndburn's war memorial (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Old 08-02-2011, 18:06   #6
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'Pulled off by vandals', Cllr. Britcliffe suggested.

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Accrington's War memorial has been vanadlised again.
My eldest daughter visits it every week, today she found panel number 8 had come off again, less than 18 months since the last botch up repair job was done. To prevent the panel from being smashed by the local yobbery, she has taken the panel to the Gatty Park project for sake keeping.

Instead of getting those tablets refitted by a properly qualified monumental mason, it was done on the cheap as usual, and had to be repointed less than a month later in August 2009.
On checking, she found that the botch up pointing repairs, on the other panels has also fallen off.
More unescessary expense.

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Let's hope the yellow medal wearing hero pays attention and does something decent for a change.

Britcliffe wears a medal, he claims he earned it for his time on the council, the people named on the memorial did it in blood!

lest we forget

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields."
John McCrae ~ "In Flanders Fields"
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Old 08-02-2011, 19:24   #8
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'Pulled off by vandals', Cllr. Britcliffe suggested.

Fancy.
If those stone panels had been put back properly in 2009, neither wind nor vandals would get them off, britcliffes got both feet in his gob again.
As for one of the comments on the Telegraph Web site that the those concerned, folk out the money themselves, what planet does that fool live on. That memorial was paid for by the people of Accrington, the local authority took over responciblity. This time lets hope they don't employ Boggit & Leggit to do the repairs.
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Old 08-02-2011, 19:37   #9
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Let's hope the yellow medal wearing hero pays attention and does something decent for a change.

Britcliffe wears a medal, he claims he earned it for his time on the council, the people named on the memorial did it in blood!

lest we forget

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields."
John McCrae ~ "In Flanders Fields"
I'm glad you put that verse up Less, thanks.
As for his highnesses yellow medal, its just the right colour for him.
Pity he wasn't around in 1916 to get conscripted.

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Old 08-02-2011, 19:38   #10
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If those stone panels had been put back properly in 2009, neither wind nor vandals would get them off, britcliffes got both feet in his gob again.
As for one of the comments on the Telegraph Web site that the those concerned, folk out the money themselves, what planet does that fool live on. That memorial was paid for by the people of Accrington, the local authority took over responciblity. This time lets hope they don't employ Boggit & Leggit to do the repairs.
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Old 08-02-2011, 19:44   #11
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It did say the Property Services were meeting with a Stone Mason to discuss options ... is this different to a Monumental Mason ?
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Pity he wasn't around in 1916 to get conscripted.

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But would he have volunteered in 1914?
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But would he have volunteered in 1914?
Depends on what the expenses were like
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It did say the Property Services were meeting with a Stone Mason to discuss options ... is this different to a Monumental Mason ?
Yes
A monumental mason carved the stone for the Pals Memorial in France, its fastened on in such a way that neither weather or vandals could easily get it of.

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But would he have volunteered in 1914?
No way he would have had to be conscripted.
Conscription started in 1916, by late 1918 they were taking them with wooden legs, and flashing his yellow badge would have put him in the front line.
I would have given him Field punishment No1
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