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Civic pride as Cenotaph restoration up for top awards

25 March 2019

Caen Matthews, Stephen Burke, Councillor Janet Emsley and Chris Aughey.

2 local companies are celebrating after been shortlisted for coveted awards for helping to restore Rochdale Cenotaph to its former glory.

Rochdale-based APE Scaffolding and Littleborough painter Chris Aughey are both up for gongs at the Grafters Awards Ceremony.

In a further boost, the restoration work was also shortlisted for an award in the special projects under £5million category.  

The awards, which will be held in Manchester on Thursday, 16 May 2019, recognise companies and individuals for their innovative and creative project work.

Restoration of the Grade 1 Rochdale Cenotaph was part of the borough's commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

Work included the repairing of 4 flags. which are mounted on the side of the famous structure, cleaning, new lettering, repainting and the beautifully-crafted restoration of the ornamental lamps.

The restoration really captured the original look of the Cenotaph

Rochdale's Cenotaph was the work of renowned architect Sir Edward Lutyens. It is one of only 7 memorials in England to be based on the famous Cenotaph Lutyens designed on Whitehall in London.

Councillor Janet Emsley, Cabinet Member for Armed Forces, said: "I am delighted for the armed forces community and everyone involved in the project that their wonderful work has been recognised with these deserved nominations. The restoration really captured the original look of the Cenotaph, ensuring a fitting and lasting memorial to those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today. I would encourage people to get voting and support our fantastic local companies, who were instrumental in this stunning renovation."

Lisa Burke, of Stonewaller and Agricultural Services, who coordinated the project, said: "It is a great honour for everyone involved in this project and it would be a moving tribute to the Armed Forces community if we scooped at least one award at the ceremony. I am proud of the work everyone did to restore the Cenotaph to its former glory and helping to ensure future generations can appreciate this magnificent monument and pay respects to the fallen."