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Facelift for war memorial

Ilkeston Cenotaph clean-up campaign.
Julie Middleton, right, with some of her supporters who want to see the Cenotaph cleaned up, from left, Trevor Topley, John Cam, Kim Jordan, David Grimley and Ernest Turner.

Ilkeston Cenotaph clean-up campaign. Julie Middleton, right, with some of her supporters who want to see the Cenotaph cleaned up, from left, Trevor Topley, John Cam, Kim Jordan, David Grimley and Ernest Turner.

Cash has been set aside by Erewash Borough Council to ensure Ilkeston’s war memorial will be in top shape ready for a host of commemorative events to mark 100 years since the start of World War One this summer.

Support for the clean-up was drummed up after serving soldier’s mum, Julie Middleton, posted on Facebook about the state of the cenotaph.

Two hundred people commented on her online post describing the state of the memorial as a ‘disgrace’.

She said: “I can’t believe it was ever left to get in that state.

“It’s covered in green algae and the plaques need a proper clean.

“It’s there to honour our war dead. They can’t speak up for it so we should.

“They served us so now it’s our turn to serve them. It’s the least we can do.”

Erewash Borough Council confirmed to the Advertiser that all memorials and plaques will be cleaned before this year’s commemoration events.

Julie added: “I couldn’t believe the amount of support and emotion the Facebook post provoked so quickly

“But whenever the troops are mentioned past or present it does always get people showing their support in numbers.

“Whether the council decided to do this as aresult of the campaign or they were planning to do it anyway doesn’t matter to any of us. We’re just glad that it will happen because it should.”

The Royal British Legion’s Ilkeston branch chairman Malcolm Jarvis told the Advertiser: “It’s great news that this work will be carried out.

“The war memorial is always under attack from the elements and is bound to get dirty from being near the trees.

“It is there and has been there for a very long time to represent the people of this town who paid the ultimate price and to ensure we honour their memory forever.

“It will be good to see it cleaned up in time for events commemorating the start of the Great War later this year.”

Follow the Advertiser in print and online in the coming months to keep up to date with events planned locally to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War,

 

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