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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 6th November, 2022)

Shevington War Memorial


Shevington War Memorial
Shevington War Memorial being steamed cleaned ready for 11th November.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: Phil Taylor on 6th November 2022 at 00:05

I've always wondered why the memorial has that horizontal line carved into the back of it?

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 6th November 2022 at 07:13

Phil that's half of the hole that the drill left when the stone was drilled and split in Appley Bridge quarry.
The quarry man who did it was Freddie Lathom from White Hall.

Comment by: Veronica on 6th November 2022 at 08:27

Most towns are getting ready for the day. Poppies in Supermarkets with quite a variety of them these days, unlike the simple poppies of yesteryear. I bought an enamel one yesterday, no doubt I will buy one of the simple ones as well. I remember when they were fashioned out of a silky material - these days they are paper. No matter it’s the remembering that counts.

Comment by: DTease on 6th November 2022 at 11:57

This vaping habit is getting out of hand isn’t it?

Comment by: Syd Smith on 6th November 2022 at 12:35

Mick, how come there are no leaves all over the floor in Shevington Village, has the village tidy team been around and sweep them up.

Comment by: Veronica on 6th November 2022 at 12:58

Dtease you are priceless !

Comment by: Dick Dastardly on 6th November 2022 at 13:17

Hey up , he's talking to himself again

Comment by: Harry on 6th November 2022 at 13:32

The steam cleaning was done by Rawcliffes of Chorley,
steam get the stone clean with out damaging it, unlike power washing.

Comment by: PeterP on 6th November 2022 at 14:30

Wait till next week when some idiot decides to glue themselves to a war memorial. I say leave them there and let people deal with them any way they see fit. Tar and feathered comes to mind.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 6th November 2022 at 17:44

Which freedom was it they died for, PeterP? The freedom to protest, or the freedom to suppress?

Comment by: Weather Woman on 6th November 2022 at 18:53

I must say I do prefer photos like this one that shows a bit of something that is happening in Wigan

Comment by: DTease on 6th November 2022 at 18:59

In 1913 Edith Rigby did more than glue her hand to a monument, she burned Lord Lever’s bungalow at Rivington down to the ground.
She faced to law for what she had done, but because of the actions of her and others, women where given the vote for the first time.
When people refuse to hear you have to shout a little louder.

Comment by: Ken on 6th November 2022 at 19:13

I live in Eindhoven Netherland I visit war graves often here in the district more especially on the 11th will need to get on the bike to visit a few memorials of airmemorials in the districht.

Comment by: irene roberts on 6th November 2022 at 19:43

I have to say when I saw the photo this morning. I was reminded of the scenes we so often see of the First World War, with shell-fire over the trenches. Fanciful maybe, but the steam'cleaner put me in mind of that and sent a shiver down my spine.
Here in Abram, we have all taken a name from the War Memorial in Abram Churchyard and are going to to a display in our windows next weekend to remember them. My soldier is William Dodd who died in 1916 and I will do him proud. God Bless them all. xx

Comment by: Edna on 6th November 2022 at 22:15

That's a lovey thought Irene, and like you say. God bless them all.

Comment by: Phil Taylor on 6th November 2022 at 22:16

Thanks for the info Mick, great to know the stone was quarried locally in Appley Bridge.
Great comment Rev David Long, think on PeterP.

Comment by: Cyril on 7th November 2022 at 00:14

Irene, that is an excellent idea that you in Abram have proposed to do in choosing for remembrance the names of local soldiers killed in wars. I've borrowed the idea and chosen two soldiers names a male and a female, Pte Herbert Southworth and Pte Eleanor Dlugosz, along with a photo of poppies on my Facebook page.

Comment by: Poet on 7th November 2022 at 07:56

Anyone who hijacks a day of national remembrance to make a political point is despicable . Sheer disrespect .
It's one thing protesting , but quite another to desecrate a war memorial to the fallen . Anyone who condones a protest like like should be ashamed .

Comment by: Poet p.s. on 7th November 2022 at 11:03

DTease , regarding the suffragettes , I think votes for women were coming anyway . Women were enfranchised in New Zealand as early as 1893 . In Finland in 1906 .
The war made social change inevitable . People of the time wouldn't be aware of it , but in the end there was no need for the violence .

Comment by: DTease on 7th November 2022 at 13:05

Poet, unless you bang the table in this country no one ever listens to you. I give you the nurses as an example, for years workers in the NHS have been used, abused and taken advantage of. Having finally been driven to the point of striking they are now being vilified for taking action that they should have taken years ago.
I don’t say this to make a political point because I treat all politicians with equal contempt. I simply state it as a fact.

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 7th November 2022 at 21:46

"I give you the nurses as an example, for years workers in the NHS have been used, abused and taken advantage of. " ....... and offered a salary of £37,000 which they've refused. They want 'vilifying'.

Comment by: DTease on 7th November 2022 at 23:26

Bruce, of all the people who comment on here I could have bet money that you would be the one to come up with a comment like that.

Comment by: Tom on 8th November 2022 at 08:13

Cyril, that's very courageous of you, its citizens like you who should be given MBEs Irene, everybody traveling through Abram in the next few days will be looking out for William Dodds name in your window, and will say that it will be Irene's house.

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