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Star date: 27th October 2010 

THE BATTLE FOR SALFORD WAR MEMORIALS

SWARM OPEN DAY
Pendleton Gateway
Thursday 28th October 2010
1:30-4pm Free

SWARM, or Salford War Memorials Project, battles to save the city's memorials from being dumped or disowned, including a stunning World War 1 plaque which is about to be demolished along with the Salford Central Mission. Tomorrow is the SWARM Open Day.

More details here…


SWARM OPEN DAY
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SWARM takes the plight of Salford's army heritage to heart, to the point where it's discovered war memorials dumped on rubbish tips. SWARM's latest battle has been to try and save a marble World War 1 plaque, currently on display inside Salford Central Mission which the council is determined to demolish (see here).

By bringing to light the plight of the plaque it now looks like it might be saved. A Salford Council rep has assured SWARM that it will be put in the new Oasis MediaCityUK school which is destined for the site of the old Mission (providing the school gets planning permission)…

"Following discussions with Oasis, the academy's sponsor, the memorial plaque would be carefully removed, cleaned and repositioned in a prominent position in the entrance foyer of the proposed new academy building…"

As well as saving memorials SWARM is also building an archive of army memories and memorabilia, and is asking Salford people to bring along to its Open Day any photos of memorials or soldiers, or any WW1 or 2 artefacts which its members will scan or photograph and hand back.

SWARM members will also be on hand to answer any questions or talk about their work and why they do it.

SWARM OPEN DAY
Pendleton Gateway, near Salford Precinct and the Broadwalk Library
Thursday 28th October 2010
1:30-4pm Free

SWARM also has a very busy online Forum (click here) and a Facebook page (click here)

Further details: salfordwarmemorials@talktalk.net

 

Stan Howes wrote
at 22:23:37 on 14 October 2011
I have just been told of the excellent work that you are doing.We ,D,coy old comraes of the Lancashire Fusiliers attend a service on the car park of Tesco,s Bury every November the 11th,ther in a small garden in the car park are buried several soldiers.For the last two years the memorial to these men has been vandalised,Tesco have made every effort to put things right but need you expert help Hoping you can help Tesco in there efforts to keep the memorial in good condition Thank you.
 
Garry wrote
at 08:02:31 on 10 November 2010
Brian, We have contacted the UKIWM and the War Memorial Trust. Thanks for your suggestion. Garry
 
Brianfkirkham wrote
at 14:17:33 on 29 October 2010
Hi All, I was just wandering if SWARM had contacted the UK Inventory of War Memorials yet? Their aim is also to document and hopefully conserve these monuments for the nation. They are london based and can be found at the Imperial War Museum in London (www.iwm.org.uk) and have a website (www.ukiwm.org) - you can get to the link directly through iwm's website
 
Debs wrote
at 13:03:22 on 29 October 2010
Thanks for this Salford Star, brilliant write up, we had a good response, and loads of info and photos.
 
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