Iconic Blackburn monuments set to be restored to their best

Iconic Blackburn monuments set to be restored to their best

Names will be re-engraved on the war memorial

The damaged fingers of the Queen Victoria statue will be repaired

Iconic Blackburn monuments set to be restored to their best

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

TWO of Blackburn’s most recognised monuments are to be restored to their former glory.

The war memorial in the cathedral grounds is to be repaired and relocated as part of the centenary commemorations for the 1914-1918 conflict.

And the neighbouring Queen Victoria statue, created by Australian sculptor Sir Bertram McKennal out of white Sicilian marble, which stands on a grey granite plinth, will also undergo repairs on its hands after a number of fingers were damaged.

Many of the names on the stonework of the war memorial have been eroded by the weather since it was originally put in St Michael and All Angels’ Church, in Bastwell.

When that place of worship was demolished in the 1980s, it was moved to its current position behind the statue of Queen Victoria, in the cathedral grounds.

Now Blackburn with Darwen Council bosses are trying to find the original list of names of the town’s soldiers, sailors, and airmen, who lost their lives, and any others that were missed off.

They want to re-engrave the memorial with a complete list of Blackburn’s fallen before it is moved to its new, more prominent home, near to a path to the cathedral, its new clergy court and cloister garden.

The memorial will be moved from its current site to ensure it does not get damaged during phase one of the £33m Cathedral Quarter Development, and repositioned when that work finishes in Autumn 2015.

Work on the Queen Victoria statue will be done on site.

Plans to move the statue are no longer going ahead.

Council regeneration boss Maureen Bateson said: “This will be an important addition to the town centre’s Cathedral Quarter development, and it will be a timely reminder, and a great testament to the brave local people who lost their lives during the First World War.

“Some of the names on the memorial have, unfortunately, been eroded over the years, so we are very keen for anyone who has information about the names to come forward to help us pay a full, and proper tribute, to all the local people involved in the war.”

Borough leader, Coun Kate Hollern, said: “I am delighted that this memorial will be renovated and placed in a better position to be seen, and honoured, by the community.”

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2:05pm Wed 2 Apr 14

micksbuzzin says...

Any chance of renovating the old drinking fountain that's languishing in Pleasington Playing fields and placing it in the new Cathedral complex, whilst you're doing up old monuments?
Any chance of renovating the old drinking fountain that's languishing in Pleasington Playing fields and placing it in the new Cathedral complex, whilst you're doing up old monuments? micksbuzzin
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2:12pm Wed 2 Apr 14

micksbuzzin says...

This is a good idea...an even better one would be to rerstore the old drinking fountain now languishing in Pleasinton Playing fields and place it in the new complex!!!
This is a good idea...an even better one would be to rerstore the old drinking fountain now languishing in Pleasinton Playing fields and place it in the new complex!!! micksbuzzin
  • Score: 5

10:12pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

micksbuzzin wrote:
Any chance of renovating the old drinking fountain that's languishing in Pleasington Playing fields and placing it in the new Cathedral complex, whilst you're doing up old monuments?
Maybe connect it to to one of the old Thwaites beer lines bet that would go do well with the users of the area
[quote][p][bold]micksbuzzin[/bold] wrote: Any chance of renovating the old drinking fountain that's languishing in Pleasington Playing fields and placing it in the new Cathedral complex, whilst you're doing up old monuments?[/p][/quote]Maybe connect it to to one of the old Thwaites beer lines bet that would go do well with the users of the area ConcernedOssy
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