Preston’s Cenotaph will receive over £800,000 of funding to prepare for the centenary of First World War.Advertisement
The money will go towards a restoration of an original design to include an inscription commemorating those service personnel who have lost their lives since 1945.
The Cenotaph, in the centre of the Flag Market, will also be the focus for a series of events, exhibitions and tours to allow Prestonians to learn about the First World War.
Work is due to begin on the Cenotaph in Spring 2013 and be completed by November the same year.
Leader of Preston City Council Peter Rankin said: “This vital funding can now enable the restoration of Preston’s Cenotaph at a very important time in history.
“The council is thrilled to have been successful in the bid, and all the partners will now work together on this project ensuring the work is carried out with the necessary sensitivity required.”
The Heritage Lottery Fund will be providing £835,600 while the city council and sponsorship money will pay an additional £123,400 twards the project.
Sara Hilton, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said: “In the run up to the centenary of the First World War, we are remembering the great sacrifices that were made by men and women across the country more than ever.
“Preston’s War Memorial stands as a moving reminder of the great loss of life suffered in Preston during the conflict.
“We are really proud to be supporting this project that will not only see the memorial restored but also ensure the continued legacy of remembrance for future generations.The Heritage Lottery Fund is keen to support projects that focus on the Great War and this one is a perfect example.”
The series of events called Preston Remembers will be run by local historians Emma Heslewood and Nigel Roberts.
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