Tragic mum hits out after village report

Chris's mum Karen Bradley by the memorial.
Chris's mum Karen Bradley by the memorial.
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A MOTHER has revealed her disgust after a village competition criticised her son’s memorial.

Karen Bradley, of Burned House Lane, Preesall, was stunned when she read the judges’ report of Lancashire’s Best Kept Village competition in Stalmine.

The memorial was erected at Wyre Villa FC, Hallgate Lane, in the Spring of 2011 in memory of Christopher Curwen, 23, who died from Lymphoma.

The report noted: “The car park and fence at the football club were a big let down, particularly the memorial area at the rear of the club in memory of a young player.”

And to add to the family’s grief the report was printed in the parish newsletter and posted on Stalmine Parish Council’s website and noticeboard.

Mrs Bradley, 47, demanded an apology to be put in writing to the family.

She said: “I was gobsmacked and stunned when I saw it and thought I was misreading it.

“It was in the Best Kept Village report, and more to the point, why was the memorial being discussed?

“It’s hard enough trying to deal with losing your child, but having this put in black and white about something you tried to create to keep his memory alive is not acceptable.”

“The first thing I did was get on to the parish news editor to find out where this has come from.

“I’ve had the clerk of Stalmine Parish Council say sorry, but I don’t think that’s good enough because of the damage it has done.

“They should be putting something in writing because anyone can say sorry and hope it’s forgotten about.”

Mr Curwen was a former pupil of St Aidan’s School, Preesall, and had been a popular member of Wyre Villa FC, after he first joined when he was 15.

Jeanette Lowe, secretary and organiser for the Best Kept Village competition said she had apologised to Mrs Bradley, adding: “I think it’s the way the wording has come over.

“There was no criticism of the memorial to Christopher – judges were very impressed by it.”

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