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Memorial glistens thanks to clean-up campaign

Memorial glistens thanks to clean-up campaign

After a long delay, Rotary Cheadle Royal were finally able to get together for their ‘clean-up’ project to give Cheadle War Memorial a new lease of life.

A local war memorial was restored to its original beauty in time for the next Remembrance Sunday with the help of Rotary Cheadle Royal.

The original funding from the Rotary club in 2019 was forced to be re-directed elsewhere due to the oncoming pandemic. However, 2021 has allowed the ‘clean-up’ to take place so Cheadle War Memorial could be restored to an acceptable state.

The structure was far from white, in a very sorry state of dark grey with black staining and looked like it had been totally forgotten for many years.”

The project was possible due to the support of Councillors from Cheadle, Gatley, with Cheadle Hulme North Wards funds being made available from the Ward Budget.

When the Rotary Cheadle Royal group went to pay their respects at the memorial in 2019, they were struck by the sorry state the once glistening memorial was in.

The memorial stands in a prominent position on the village green and is made from rock faced, rough-hewn white granite.

It commemorates the 101 local men who died fighting in the First World War, 54 men from the Second World War and 8 Air Raid victims from two German bombs that fell on homes in Bulkeley Road and Stockport Road also killing a mother, daughter and a fire warden.

When the Rotary Cheadle Royal group went to pay their respects at the memorial in 2019, they were struck by the sorry state the once glistening memorial was in.

The memorial has now been restored to it’s former glory.

Rotarian Geoff Shelmerdine said: “The structure was far from white, in a very sorry state of dark grey with black staining and looked like it had been totally forgotten for many years.”

Research was then undertaken to identify those responsible for the cleaning of war memorials and Rotary funds were made available to bring the structure back to an acceptable state.

Locals can now look forward to seeing the memorial looking its best when November 11th comes.