Protection for war memorials

MP for Blackpool South Gordon Marsden has added his weight to a campaign calling for more severe penalties for the vandalism or desecration of war memorials
MP for Blackpool South Gordon Marsden has added his weight to a campaign calling for more severe penalties for the vandalism or desecration of war memorials
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AN ACTION group will be set up to protect war memorials.

Following outrage about the way tributes to fallen servicemen and women were vandalised or stolen for scrap metal, organisations including the Imperial War Museum in London will ensure they are never damaged on such a scale again.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport will also join forces with 15 other groups and the Heritage Lottery Fund to call for more Lottery money to be spent on memorials and more lenient funding rules which make it easier to restore monuments.

Ian Coleman, president of Blackpool’s Royal British Legion branch, launched a campaign with Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden to protect Blackpool’s memorials.

Mr Coleman said: “I’m delighted there’s so many people and associations interested in the wellbeing of our war memorials and I think the vast majority of people in this country are of that mind.

“Our problem lies with a few individuals who are not educated or interested in what war memorials stand for.

“There are so many people today who owe something to those who have their names on war memorials and they need protecting.”

Mr Marsden added: “This is a great initiative and one I am fully behind.”