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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Cumbrian parade to mark war sacrifice

A parade to remember the sacrifice of Maryport’s World War One heroes will march through the town today - amid a row about the state of memorial gardens.

A dispute over the gardens’ ownership has led to the area becoming run down and the cenotaph scratched, it has been claimed.

Maryport Town Council said assets, including the Memorial Gardens, were transferred to Allerdale when it was formed in the 1970s but Allerdale says it does not own the gardens.

The town’s youth organisations will take part in a parade tomorrow to commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One and Allerdale council has pledged that the gardens – strewn with litter and dog mess – will be tidy for the event.

David Gilhespy is a fourth generation serviceman from Flimby and member of the Combined Services Association.

He said: “The vandalism and lack of respect shown by irresponsible users of the gardens desecrated the memory of those who had died. I bet if they thought about, many of those doing the damage will find that someone in their own family either fought or died in some of these conflicts.”

The parade begins at 2pm in Fleming Square.

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