Blackrod memorial flowers stolen exactly 100 years after start of World War One

Memorial flowers stolen exactly 100 years after start of World War One

Memorial flowers stolen exactly 100 years after start of World War One

Memorial flowers stolen exactly 100 years after start of World War One

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A THIEF stole flowers planted especially to mark the centenary of World War One — at the exact same time the war started 100 years ago.

A “shadowy figure” stole the plants at 11pm on Monday, as people across the country were honouring those who died in the conflict, by turning out lights and putting out candles.

Cllr Graham Farrington had planted the flowers with his wife Shirley near their Blackrod home several months ago in a bid to have the display ready for the anniversary.

Cllr Farrington, who has helped to plant more flowers around the village, also built the wooden planters the flowers were in. He said: “I had just returned home from a meeting on Monday night when I heard the dog bark.

“I looked out of the window and saw a shadowy figure who looked like he was carrying a large holdall bag. He ran off down Scott Lane.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw that it was the flowers that had been taken. At that time as well — it just shows an absolute lack of respect.”

The flower display, which included flowers such as geraniums and begonias, had been created in a red, white and blue formation to resemble the Union flag and to honour the British men who died in the war.

The theft was condemned by John Sawyer, of the Astley Bridge Legion club.

He said: “What can you say? It is clearly very disrespectful and upsetting.

“It is distressing to think that in the society we live in, people don’t have respect for those who fell in the war.

“It is sad and ironic that it happened at the exact time that war began 100 years ago.”

Cllr Farrington, who had paid about £100 for the flowers, added: “It’s not about the money we paid, it is about what this person or people have done and when they have done it — it is about what these flowers represent.

“The time they did it just shows they don’t have any respect for anyone or anything.

“I don’t know what the thief wanted to do with the flowers, but they won’t grow now.”

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12:09pm Thu 7 Aug 14

The Running Man says...

Heartless rats! So much more that I could say but it wouldn't undo this terrible thing. What a sad world we live in.
Heartless rats! So much more that I could say but it wouldn't undo this terrible thing. What a sad world we live in. The Running Man
  • Score: 9

3:59pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Best an says...

How could they? Young lads (if it was) need a couple of yeRsinthe army to teach them a thing or two.
How could they? Young lads (if it was) need a couple of yeRsinthe army to teach them a thing or two. Best an
  • Score: 0

5:10pm Thu 7 Aug 14

thedom.com says...

Nothing about Bolton surprises me anymore ......
Nothing about Bolton surprises me anymore ...... thedom.com
  • Score: 3

2:11pm Sat 9 Aug 14

cartman66 says...

typical
typical cartman66
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