New home for war plaques

A WAR memorial rescued from an old site in Prescot has been found a new home.

Two bronze plaques were discovered at the old BICC war memorial by workers from Knowsley Council Cemeteries team.

And at a ceremony last week they were installed at a new monument at St Mary’s Churchyard, Prescot.

Local church leaders, dignitaries, council officials and residents gathered at the dedication ceremony for the new memorial.

The new memorial is believed to be the only new site in Merseyside commemorating the fallen from both world wars.

It is the culmination of a three year project by Knowsley Council to renovate St Mary’s Churchyard.

The project has seen the transformation of the area formerly overrun with weeds and a magnet for fly tipping and anti-social behaviour.

Overgrowth in the upper sections of the church yard has been cleared and the council team has restored overturned memorials.

Councillor Graham Morgan, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Delivery, praised the outcome of the project.

He said: “We are very proud to have led the project to transform the churchyard and rescue these plaques.

“We have worked in partnership with the church and community to create a lasting memorial to all of those who lost their lives in the two World Wars, which will be here for generations to come.”