Cleator Moor Remembers With a New Poppy Memorial
An inspirational local man has constructed a Wall of Remembrance in the Civic Hall to encourage the community to remember the Fallen.
As we approach the period of Remembrance, a simple idea has grown into a heartening community venture for Cleator Moor.
In a first for the town, the Chairman of the Cleator Moor Civic Hall and Masonic Centre, Bill Morley BEM (pictured with his Grandson, Jack Morgan) has designed a memorial display in the building, to bring people together in remembering those who gave their lives.
Members of the public are being encouraged to visit the memorial to pay their respects and donate their old pound coins to the Poppy Appeal. Many have already been to pin a poppy and a note to lost loved ones on the wall.
Bill came up with the idea and has implemented it himself, with help from his wife, Jessie, he explained: “It was just an idea I had, I always try and help I just thought I would try and do something different this year.
“I had a eureka moment just sitting at home, I thought, why don’t we have a wall, where people could come and put the poppies on? And now people are starting to put notes on, it’s absolutely fantastic.”
The memorial, which has seen a great response so far, will be in place until Remembrance Day, 11 November and everyone is welcome to visit and donate or just admire.
Bill, who has been working on the project for a while said: “I put this display together for everyone, I just want to get as many people as possible involved. It’s my way of giving something back to the community, showing that we care.”
The Cleator Moor Civic Hall is open from 9am – 4pm most days for people to pop in.
He added: “It’s all about remembering the people who have given their lives and served their country on our behalf, because without them a lot of us wouldn’t be here.”