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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 17th November, 2014)

Orrell's new war memorial


Orrell's new war memorial
The old one was lost when they knocked down the Orrell British legion club.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR-XR200VE)
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Comment by: Alan (Vancouver Island) on 17th November 2014 at 00:05

It would have been more respectful if they had erected a background barrier to hide the sewer pipe.

Comment by: Maggie K on 17th November 2014 at 02:53

Where in Orrell is this?

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 17th November 2014 at 03:33

Good one Mick.

Comment by: Helen on 17th November 2014 at 08:19

How do you 'lose' a war memorial ?!!

Comment by: Mick on 17th November 2014 at 08:33

Maggie its next to the mini roundabout on Moor road.

Thats my Poppy stuck on there just under the laurel wreath.

Theres a video here of it being done at 11am on the 11/11/14 http://youtu.be/IJH3BeZB4iM?list=UUfWnM1D6x1lNjmKzznfFYKA

Comment by: Giovanni on 17th November 2014 at 09:19

Where's all the wreaths and tributes gone? There must have been some sort of ceremony!

Comment by: A.W. on 17th November 2014 at 09:38

It's a very dignified memorial in design though it seems a funny place for it to be sited.

Comment by: Johnny on 17th November 2014 at 09:50

It would have been more poignant to have the names of Orrell's fallen inscribed on the memorial!

Comment by: Syd on 17th November 2014 at 11:34

I'm with Helen, how the hell do you lose a war memorial?

Comment by: Aubrey on 17th November 2014 at 12:07

It does appear the garden has to be completed, the turf is obviously newly laid, the soil looks ready for plants to be planted. Perhaps the sewer pipe will be hidden when the garden is finished.

Comment by: Giovanni on 17th November 2014 at 12:29

Syd/Helen
Probably a wall plaque that got binned in the builders skip! Muppets!

Comment by: Mick on 17th November 2014 at 13:10

I think the old memorial was just a plaque screwed onto the side of Orrell British legion and the legion was knocked down for some new houses.

Comment by: Eddie on 17th November 2014 at 17:50

The soil pipe could easily have been omitted from the photograph if the cameraman had taken a few steps to the left.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 17th November 2014 at 18:42

I don't think the soil pipes is a problem, the cameraman clicks to take a shot that you would see in real life. After saying that, there must be
a much better location not too far away.

Comment by: George on 17th November 2014 at 18:56

Eddie, I know this is PAD but for it is the monument that counts not the position of the soil pipe as regards the shot. When I look at this monument I don,t see a soil pipe, I see the green fields of England and the men and women who gave their lives for it and especially US!

Comment by: ann21 on 17th November 2014 at 19:17

The children and teachers from the school were laying wreaths and poppies on it when I passed this afternoon

Comment by: Fred Mason on 17th November 2014 at 22:25

Nice pic.

I loved the video, Mick. It showed it all.

Well done, you...!!!

Comment by: Jonno on 18th November 2014 at 00:10

Correct Eddie,just like Mick's suggestion on P-A-D 9th Nov, just a few steps to the left.

Comment by: Hugh Wilson on 18th November 2014 at 02:28

George,

Your comment sums it up perfectly!

Comment by: Garry on 18th November 2014 at 11:46

Eddie, jonno and the rest, if the camera man would have taken 3 steps to the left it will look ridiculous, as though the pipes coming out of the top of the Monument. Think what your saying.

Comment by: MGP on 18th November 2014 at 16:45

Give it a chance, it only went up 6 days before Remembrance Sunday and there was a service there at 12.15pm so that people from ALL churches could attend after their Sunday morning services - thanks for the stick on poppy - you were too early! There was another service at 11.00am on 11th Nov. and children were in attendance from each of the 3 Primary Schools and the High Schools. The important thing was to get it in place in time for this year's Centenary Remembrance services and the stonemason and builder did a fantastic job! Shrubs will go at the back to partly screen the house and the junior school children want to plant flowers on the site. It can be seen from Moor Rd but is in a position where people can congregate around it easily! Over 100 adults attended the 11th November service at 11am, as well as the children.

Comment by: Gem on 18th November 2014 at 17:27

house was there before the memorial, why should it be screened off? Everyone has one...

Comment by: George on 18th November 2014 at 17:39

Can,t believe what I am reading!

Comment by: ann21 on 18th November 2014 at 18:10

Mick, If you ride up there again on your bike can you put another photo on with the tributes on the memorial.

Comment by: Cally on 18th November 2014 at 19:10

Gem: Because the occupiers asked
that their property be screened off
for privacy from the site.

Comment by: Garry on 18th November 2014 at 19:56

George it's true.

Comment by: George on 21st November 2014 at 17:26

Thanks Garry, yes I know , this is what horrifies me! Soil pipe, enjoy your moment of fame!!

Comment by: MGP on 21st November 2014 at 17:39

For those who are interested; there was a War Memorial in Orrell;it was very small and had a plaque attached to it. A procession took place each year on 11th Nov and finished at the Memorial for 2 min silence at 11am. The Memorial was situated at the front of Orrell British Legion, on Gathurst Road, but was demolished along with the British Legion building about 10 years ago, to make way for new houses & apartments. The plaque is in the possession of a member of the British Legion; it isn't lost but it isn't in a very good condition.

Comment by: Garry on 22nd November 2014 at 14:16

George has spit his dummy out!

Comment by: George on 28th November 2014 at 20:14

As per usual Garry zzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

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