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Fury at memorial mess on eve of war parade

Maryport's Memorial Gardens are a disgrace to the memory of the town’s fallen, servicemen have claimed.

SHOCKED AT STATE OF MEMORIAL GARDENS: Forces veterans and Love Maryport team members, from left, Gary Killick, Tom Scott, Julie Lythall, Gill Elliot, David Gilhespy, Jake Lythall and Adrian Kirkbride

On the eve of a parade to commemorate World War One, it has emerged that a row over the gardens’ ownership has led to the area becoming run down and the cenotaph scratched.

Maryport Town Council says that responsibility for the gardens was transferred to Allerdale council in the 1970s, but the district authority said this week that the area does not belong to it.

Youth organisations will take part in a parade tomorrow to commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One.

Allerdale council has pledged that the gardens, which have been strewn with litter and dog mess, will be tidy for the event.

David Gilhespy, a fourth generation serviceman from Flimby and member of the Combined Services Association, said: “The vandalism and lack of respect shown by irresponsible users of the gardens desecrates the memory of those who died.”

Adrian Kirkbride, of Flimby, said: “It is just so disrespectful.”

Last year, former Maryport mayor Vince Mulgrew signed an affidavit to state that the gardens had been transferred to Allerdale when the borough council was formed and the old urban authority disbanded.

But Allerdale council disputes that the gardens belong to it.

Town councillor Peter Kendall and county councillor Keith Little, along with local organisations such as the Lions, have previously cleaned the gardens and the cenotaph before Remembrance Sunday parades because of concern that it would not otherwise be done.

An Allerdale council spokeswoman said a council team had landscaped the area around the war memorial with new trees and grasses.

She added: “There has been some damage in recent weeks too and we hope we can work with the community to encourage those who have vandalised the area to treat the park, and particularly the war memorial, with more respect.”

Tomorrow’s parade, which will also celebrate St George’s Day, has been organised by Maryport Rotary Club and begins at 2pm in Fleming Square.

The parade will march down High Street and along Wood Street to the gardens where the Rev Susan McKendrey will say a prayer

Two wreaths will be laid on behalf of the youth of the town and the town council.

The parade will then proceed along Curzon Street and up Senhouse Street to the Maryport Navy Club on South Quay, where the sea cadets will raise the flag.

Organisations taking part include Flimby Brass Band, Cockermouth Mechanics Band, army and sea cadets, Dearham Boys’ Brigade, Flimby Girls’ Brigade and Cubs and Scouts.

Have your say

So I suppose the fact that Allerdale claim they own the land on their allerdale.gov.uk site means nothing. A brown area on the map clearly cover the memorial gardens.

This site has always been a disgrace, total disrespect from the local youths who use it as a place to hang about in and drink liquor and leave their rubbish and mess all over the grounds.
There are bye laws some which are pretty useful to clamp down on these type of carries on. These cover climbing on the walls and monument, cycling, flower beds, litter and a few more just needs some one to get a grip.

Posted by edd on 25 April 2014 at 17:07

Every time I pass the park there's always some lazy cretin walking their dog in there. With all the space we have round here you'd think they would walk their dog anywhere else. There's the beaches, coastal park etc. but no. It's obviously too much hard work to walk the dog more than 400 yards.
Easy solution - a copper with a camera next to the park. Takes a photo of blokes dog emptying itself then hands him an £80 fine. He's got the evidence. Should also consider taking the dog off him and rehoming it with somebody less idle.

Posted by ChrisB on 25 April 2014 at 15:24

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