There’s a new Memorial Bench for Cleveleys, kindly donated entirely by local residents Paul and Sharon Riley-Clarke. It’s the second memorial bench that the couple have funded. Both are on Victoria Road West, and are a fitting tribute to veterans.
This latest bench, fitted by Wyre Council, marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. Its intricate design features soldiers, poppies and a poignant quote, reading ‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.’
The Mayor of Wyre, Councillor Marge Anderton was at the unveiling of the bench which took place at the Cleveleys Christmas light switch on, on 28 November 2018.
She said, “The bench looks beautiful and it is so generous of Sharon and Paul to fund these memorial tributes. It was a pleasure be there for the unveiling and to have the chance to thank the couple for all that they do.”
Sharon Riley-Clarke is a paramedic and lives in Cleveleys. She explains, “We’re so pleased to be able to donate another memorial bench to commemorate our veterans. It’s a nice thing to be able to do for the community.
“We loved the last one which was installed in 2016 and wanted to create another one to share with local people. Both my husband and I have a lot of respect for the armed forces. My own dad served with RAF for a number of years, so making this contribution is something that’s close to our hearts.”
Find out about how selling beeswax lip balm helped to pay for the first new memorial bench for Cleveleys.
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