Whittingham unveils war memorial

Photo Neil Cross
Former WW1 veteran Gerard Rogerson and councillors and residents at the unveiling of the village's first War Memorial at Whittingham
Photo Neil Cross Former WW1 veteran Gerard Rogerson and councillors and residents at the unveiling of the village's first War Memorial at Whittingham
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A village unveiled and dedicated its first war memorial on Armistice Day, to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The stone memorial, in memory of the residents of Whittingham parish who served in the Great War of 1914-1918, was unveiled by Whittingham Parish Council, assisted by World War Two veteran Gerard Rogerson, during a special dedication service.

Residents were invited to attend the service at the memorial, which is located in the garden area at the corner of Beacon Drive and Whittingham Lane.

Whittingham Parish Council decided it would be a fitting tribute, to mark the centenary of WW1, to have a war memorial in their own parish, accessible to all, as the only other one is inside St Mary’s Church and parish council clerk Julie Buttle said they chose the garden for the memorial because “it is a nice, green space with benches and acts as a poignant place to reflect on the past and unfortunately the present”.

“It may only be on a small scale, but it is our way of giving the community something to remember people by,” she said.