Benches tribute at memorial

Benches tribute at memorial

by Henry James (June 2022)

SPECIALLY crafted benches paying tribute to those who served in the First and Second World Wars have been installed at Up Holland’s War Memorial.

One of the benches shows soldiers in battle in the Great War while the other is dedicated to those who served in World War II and features armed forces in combat, with fighter planes flying overhead. A dove of peace is also part of the design.

Funding to pay for the benches came through the Neighbourhood portion of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding attributed to Up Holland parish as a result of new development in that area.

CIL is a levy charged by the Council on applicable new developments in the borough.

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “I am so pleased that this funding has been used to create such a beautiful tribute to those who served in the World Wars. Come and see them for yourself and take some time while you are at the war memorial to reflect on the service given by our armed forces.”

The Borough Council’s Armed Forces champion, Councillor Andy Fowler, added: “These incredible benches are a poignant reminder of the great sacrifices those who fought in armed conflicts across the years have made so we could live freely today.”

The funds have also provided a specially designed waste bin at the memorial and another bench in celebration of the the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Vicarage Corner in the village.

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