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New Cenotaph Unveiled At Turf Moor

Former Clarets and supporters honoured in memorial garden

12 November 2018

A new cenotaph to commemorate players and supporters of Burnley Football Club who lost their lives in the Great War has been unveiled in the Turf Moor Memorial Garden.

Twelve ex-players and an unknown number of fans died during and as a consequence of the First World War, with the unveiling in the garden at Turf Moor coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

Vice-chairman Barry Kilby laid a wreath on behalf of Burnley Football Club at the opening ceremony, alongside the Lord Mayor of Burnley, Cllr Charles Briggs, serving soldier WO2 Peter Briggs and club chaplain Barry Hunter.

Ten-year-old Kyle Neal, who won a competition to have his letter placed in a time capsule which is sealed under the cenotaph until 18th May 2132, also attended.

The project was run in conjunction with the Burnley Former Players Association and was funded by grants from the Armed Forces Covenant and Burnley Borough Council. 

A metal-framed tree was also created and donated by teachers Peter Cooper and Shirley Carbon and students Charlotte Kennedy and Jack Eccles from Millfield Science & Performing Arts College.

Claret and blue ribbons held leaves that contained names of former Burnley players that fought during the First World War.

Sustainable Projects Ltd landscaped the garden around the cenotaph, which was built by Lee Hunt Memorials. Stevenson Memorial donated the time capsule cap.

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