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New war memorial will be dedicated on Remembrance Sunday to replace lost Ashton tribute

Posted on - 8th November, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, People, Preston History
The re-created memorial which will be showcased at the Remembrance service

A lost war memorial has been re-created by a member of the local Armed Forces Veterans gardening project.

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The panels will be dedicated at the Remembrance service at St Michael’s Church, Ashton, on Sunday 10 November at 10am.

The war memorial, which went missing from Ashton Park, carried the names of over one hundred and fifty men from the Dick, Kerr Factory on Strand Road. No-one knows the precise date it disappeared.

Now Clive Marshal, a member of Dig-In North West, has engraved the men’s details on to wood panels to be put back in place in Ashton Park.

Dig-In Northwest is a team made up of people from the military community. This applies to those who are serving and veterans, and families. They are there to support each other by doing something practical that benefits others.

Read more: Dig In gardening project welcomes the Duke of Kent to see their work with veterans

Clive has gained the support of the National Lottery grant which was down to the Ashton Remembers Project based at St Michael’s Church.

Poppy displays at St Michael’s Church | Credit: Helen Gordon

St Michael’s churchwarden, said: “Clive has done a remarkable piece of work. We look forward to seeing the memorial restored to its rightful place in the Park.

“We have invited representatives of BAE Systems (Dick, Kerr’s successor) to the dedication and hope that we will also be able to trace as many members of the men’s families as possible.”  

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