Cenotaph’s spring clean

Job done: A council contractor works on the cenotaph
Job done: A council contractor works on the cenotaph
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Chorley’s ‘insulting’ cenotaph has been given a spring clean.

Chorley Council drafted in a contractor to spruce up the memorial in Astley Park after Coun Ralph Snape and the Chorley branch of the Royal British Legion joined forces to call for action.

Coun Snape and chairman of the organisation, Glyn Gaskell said the moss-covered cenotaph had become an insult to the town’s war heroes and said the inscriptions honouring those who had lost their lives were barely visible.

However, the stone has now been cleaned and the campaigners are over the moon at the results.

Coun Snape said: “It looks absolutely fantastic now it has been cleaned up, and it is a credit to everyone involved. The officers at the council and the contractors have done a great job and the borough can now be proud of the cenotaph once again. They have done a marvellous job and we are very grateful for their swift action.”

Coun Snape had been told that the council did not know where it would get the money from to foot a £2,000 bill to clean the prominent memorial, but work began just a day after the Guardian highlighted the plight.

Jamie Carson, Chorley Council’s director of people and places, said: “We’ve been making improvements to that area of park by removing the shrubbery and creating a new footpath and it was always our intention to clean the cenotaph when that work was complete.

“The moss covering had got worse and you couldn’t read the inscription properly so we decided to do the cleaning now rather than wait until the other work was complete.”