Stockport Council is set to invest an additional £130,000 in maintenance and upkeep of 18 Stockport war memorials across the borough, as it prepares to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I.
The work will include memorials in Bramhall, Brinnington, Cheadle, Gatley, Hazel Grove, Reddish, the Heatons plus many other areas – a total of 18 altogether.
The works to conserve and repair the war memorials are set to start this summer, most of which are expected to be completed in time for Remembrance Day 2018. Larger projects will be completed as soon as possible after that time.
Councillor Alex Ganotis, Leader of Stockport Council, said:
“I’m delighted we’ve been able to find additional funding to ensure our local war memorials continue to be a fitting tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The memorials will not only be a key part of commemorations across the borough, but they’re also incredibly important to our local heritage.”
The Council will be marking 100 years since the end of WW1 with a series of significant events.
There will be a Stockport Day of Remembrance on Sunday 11th November 2018, which will culminate with a lantern procession and the lighting of a beacon on the Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery steps; a community art installation; and two new exhibitions which will tell the story of the Art Gallery and of the other memorials in Stockport.
Commemorative paving stones will also be laid on Hazel Grove and Cheadle Hulme war memorials to honour Wilfred Wood and James Kirk, the two Stockport-born Victoria Cross recipients from WW1.
Full details of the events will become available in the coming weeks.
Councillor Sheila Bailey, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing at Stockport Council, said:
“When this issue was brought to my attention it was clear that, in this year of all years, we needed to make sure our war memorials were in good order. Those who fought and died for this country deserve nothing less.”