Forgotten Darwen war memorial is restored - May 28, 2013
A FORGOTTEN war memorial has been restored to its former glory and put up in Darwen town centre.
The memorial, in tribute to fallen members of the former National United Services Club, where Bar Java now stands in Green Street, has been put on display in the Town Hall in Croft Street.
The original club closed in 1985 and the memorial was removed. It was found six years ago in the cellar of The Railway pub and put in storage in the town’s library in Knott Street, where it was left under a desk in the manager’s office.
But after an appeal by Sudell councillor Paul Browne at a town council meeting in January, the mon- ument was restored free of charge by Blackburn stonemason Brent Stevenson. Councillors unveiled the memorial, watched by members of the local branch of the Royal British Legion, and spoke of their delight that the men of the club who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars would not be forgotten.
Town Council mayor Coun Eileen Entwistle said: “It is good it is back and in a place where people can see it. It was a bit of a mess before but it looks brilliant now.”
Chairman of the Darwen branch of the Royal British Legion Bob Wood said it was important memorials like this were kept on display.
He said: “I am delighted we have got the memorial back up and looking good as new.
“It is worrying that memorials like this can go missing and it is important we remember the sacrifice of these men.”
Town council deputy chairman and Blackburn with Darwen Council’s armed forces champion Trevor Maxfield said: “It is fitting that the memorial is back just in time for Armed Forces Week next month.
“We will be holding a parade outside the town hall on June 29 to mark Armed Forces Day.”