Stockport War Memorials have been allocated £135,000 for renovation works to take place ahead of ceremonies to mark the Armistice Centenary on November 11th.
Stockport Council are investing £130,000 to help ensure that our war memorials are in a good condition so that we and future generations can continue to remember those who fought for our freedom, many paying the ultimate sacrifice.
Works are currently taking place, or have already been completed upon memorials in Bramhall, Brinnington, Cheadle, Gatley, Hazel Grove, Reddish, the Heatons and other areas.
The works to conserve and repair the war memorials are being carefully carried out following the recommendations of the War Memorials Trust. This means that a minimal approach has been taken to cleaning the stones, using a gentle steam cleaning system along with other repointing and repair. Depending on the particular stonework, part or minimal cleaning was recommended for certain monuments.
Councillor Sheila Bailey, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing at Stockport Council, said:
“Some of the work that has been carried out shows a striking transformation has taken place, befitting of these dignified monuments to the fallen. The results are remarkable and a reflection of the care and respect which has been taken in these renovations.
“I’m pleased that in this year of all years, we have been able to ensure our war memorials are in good order, and hopefully fit to see out another century of remembrance. Those who fought and died for this country deserve nothing less.”
Most of the work will be complete in time for Remembrance Day 2018, with some larger projects seeing ongoing work after that time.
The Council will be marking 100 years since the end of WW1 with its Stockport Remembers series of events. In addition to the services of remembrance that will take place across the town on the morning of Sunday 11th November 2018, a special service will be held at St Mary’s in the Marketplace at 5:00pm culminating in a lantern procession and the lighting of a beacon on the Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery steps.
Commemorative paving stones are in the process of being laid and unveiled at Hazel Grove and Cheadle Hulme war memorials to honour Wilfred Wood and James Kirk, the two Stockport-born soldiers who were Victoria Cross recipients in 1918.
For more information on services and events taking place to commemorate the centenary, please visit www.stockport.gov.uk/stockport-remembers