War memorial damaged

Damage to the War Memorial

Damage to the War Memorial

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Just 10 days after Onchan’s war memorial was rededicated, new granite stonework has been damaged – by thoughtless youngsters.

Onchan Commissioners are counting the cost of the damage.

Commissioners clerk Malcolm Hulme said: ‘I don’t think it was vandalised – I don’t think they did it on purpose.

‘They’ve obviously not thought about the fact that this is a war memorial which has just been rededicated. There has been a strong reaction to what has occurred. Hopefully, parents will be talking to their youngsters to impress on them that this is not a thing to do.’

The new-look war memorial, complete with winning entries of a children’s war poem inscribed on granite coping stones, was unveiled on Sunday August 3. Onchan Silver Parade led a parade from St George’s church for the short service of rededication, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

But it took only until Wednesday August 13 for the stonework to be damaged.

Black granite running along Main Road was left scratched and chipped by skateboards or scooters. Mr Hulme said that damage was fairly superficial and the stone would not be replaced.

However, greater damage was caused further up to the coping stones on which the poems were inscribed, with one stone having cracked in half.

Mr Hulme said that would have to be replaced and a stonemason had been out to look at it yesterday (Monday) to assess the damage and the cost of making good the repairs.

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