Specialist cleaners to give borough cemetery a good clean-up

Work will take place after concerns from residents about the state of the cemetery and Cenotaph in Tyldesley

Friday, 30th April 2021, 12:59 pm

Specialist cleaners will spruce up a cemetery after complaints from residents about its poor condition.

Pictures show the wall of Tyldesley Cemetery, in Hough Lane, collapsed while the grass and bushes in the grounds has become increasingly overgrown.

Locals have also raised concerns about the state of the stairs leading to the Cenotaph which commemorates people who have died in war.

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The Cenotaph in Tyldesley

The Cenotaph, the steps surrounding it and the names of the fallen will be professionally cleaned in readiness for Remembrance Sunday commemorations in November.

Work is expected to be carried out in the coming days.

As is the case anywhere, people in Tyldesley hold the remembrance events in high regard and the amount of people attending the parade held each year continues to increase.

And with social distancing and current Covid restrictions due to be scrapped then, the hope is that this year’s celebrations can be bigger than ever before.

A collapsed wall and the overgrown state of Tyldesley Cemetery

Thanking those who reported the issues, Coun Nazia Rehman, who represents Tyldesley on Wigan Council, welcomed news of the clean-up.

She said: “I have reported the collapsed wall of Tyldesley cemetery and the state of stairs leading to the Cenotaph, both pieces of works should be carried out in next few days.”

The abandonment of Remembrance Sunday parades in 2020 because of Covid-19 restrictions meant that the Cenotaph in the cemetery missed out on its annual clean.

In the hope that the traditional parade will go ahead in 2021, the council is arranging for the Cenotaph to be cleaned by a specialist firm.

Coun Rehman, who called for the clean-up, said: “Local people hold the Remembrance Sunday commemorations in high regard and the number of people attending the annual parade has increased year-on-year.

She added: “I welcome the news that the Cenotaph, the steps surrounding it and, particularly, the names of the fallen will be professionally cleaned in readiness for November.”

The clean-up at the cemetery comes after it was confirmed that gravestones in nearby Hindley would also be getting a spruce up.

The fenced-off markers, which are situated on land at the side of Bridge Street in Hindley, have increasingly deteriorated over the last few years and have become “unsightly and overgrown”.

But they will soon get a much-needed facelift thanks to local councillors and residents.

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