High Ercall war memorial unveiled - pictures and video

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A parish war memorial to remember the 59 members of the armed services who have died since the start of the First World War has been unveiled.

The parish of Ercall Magna welcomed more than 50 people for the dedication ceremony in High Ercall, with a bugler from the Irish Regiment playing the Last Post while representatives of RAF Shawbury read out the names of the fallen.

Ercall Magna parish takes in the village of High Ercall, with hamlets in Cold Hatton, Ellerdine and Ellerdine Heath, Poynton and Poynton Green, Roden, Rowton and Walton.

Ray Wickson, one of the men behind drive to secure the new memorial, said they were delighted at being able to unveil the monument – a year ahead of schedule.

Councillor Wickson, who is also chairman of the parish council and local Royal British Legion branch, paid tribute to those who have made the project a reality and said it is vital to remember the sacrifices made to ensure British freedom.

He said: "We are delighted, and delighted with the generosity of people who have given money and time to get to this point. I think it is important that people of today remember that there have been people in the past who have served and given their lives so we can enjoy the freedoms we currently have."

The memorial is made of African iron greystone granite.

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