Flag flies again at memorial

Volunteers raising the flagpole after replacing the red Merchant Seamen flag on the war memorial
Volunteers raising the flagpole after replacing the red Merchant Seamen flag on the war memorial
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VOLUNTEERS in Atherton rallied round to repair the town’s war memorial after it was damaged by bad weather.

The five-strong group carried out the work on the Leigh Road memorial, putting the red Merchant Seamen flag, known locally as the red duster, back on its pole.

High winds last month caused the rope securing the flag to fray, bringing the distinctive red ensign crashing to the ground. It had previously been discovered that the ornamental structure, or finial, at the top of one of the flagpoles was broken but a resident is working on replacing it.

The red duster flies at the remembrance memorial alongside the White Ensign, the RAF Ensign, and the Union Flag.

Coun Susan Loudon, who was one of the volunteers, said: “This is another good example of local people taking the responsibility of looking after their neighbourhood. A big thank you to everyone who ensured that the flag flew again.”