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The Award Winning Atherton Cenotaph Memorial Project Group
Who are we?
For some years now the Atherton Branches of the Royal British Legion and the
Royal Naval Association have been lobbying for improvements to be made to the
Cenotaph which stands on an impressive site situated at the southern entrance
to the town.
In February 2004, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council announced that land
adjacent to the Cenotaph, which had been assigned for the use of the citizens
of Atherton by Lord Lilford, would be made available for an extension to the
Cenotaph site. A considerable area of land has been allocated for conversion
into a memorial garden to honour citizens of the town who gave their lives in
the two Great Wars and subsequent world-wide conflicts.
Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust, Atherton British Legion, Atherton Naval Association,
local Councillors as well as local residents, schools and community groups, have
been working together in an effort to make the plans a reality.
Atherton proudly boasts one of the largest turnouts in the Metropolitan area
on Remembrance Sunday, with considerable participation by local veterans
organizations and it is particularly gratifying to note the involvement of local
schools and youth groups such as the Scouts and Guides. Theirs is the generation
that will ensure that our local history will continue to be appreciated and the
sacrifice of ordinary local citizens respected well into the future.
The project group were amongst the nominees at the 2007 Urban Design Awards held
at Wigan Investment Centre on Friday 30th November 2007. These awards are part of a
new initiative by Wigan Council to "...promote and encourage good design across
And in the Category of Environmental Quality, the winners are ... The Atherton Cenotaph
Memorial Project Group. "The Atherton Cenotaph Memorial Project Group deserve great
credit for the project which has put the Cenotaph back into pride of place in the local
The project group is and has been the focal point for all those people in the community who
have put their ideas and opinions forward and helped to bring about the improvements
to the Cenotaph and it's surrounds. This award has been earned and well deserved due
to the combined efforts of all those involved.
Local heroes wanted for local heroes!
Would you be willing to help look after
the grave of a local hero? Atherton Cenotaph Memorial Project group are working
to improve Atherton cenotaph and it's surrounds and to raise awareness of what
it stands for. As part of this we are looking for local people or organisations
to volunteer to help look after some of the war graves located within Atherton
Many of these graves are looked after by relatives of the dead but some
are not and we need your help to keep these tidy. This wouldn't be a very big
commitment but it could have a big impact on the appearance of the graves and
would be a real mark of respect for those who gave there lives for their country.
If you think you can help or would like to know more please email
Peter Powell using the subject