A CAMPAIGN to make war memorials ‘fit for heroes’ as part of a project to commemorate the First World War has received the backing of Bolton West MP Chris Green.

Launched by former Prime Minister David Cameron, the programme aims to inspire local communities across the country to survey and conserve their local war memorials to ensure that by the end of the centenary of the First World War, as many war memorials as possible are in good condition and fitting tributes to the fallen.

Funding is available for the repair and conservation of memorials, but help is needed to find them and record their condition first, using a simple survey.

With around 130 war memorials in Bolton, there is no better time to make sure the tributes in the town are fit for heroes.

Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement, is looking for volunteers to help with this campaign.

Mr Green gave his support for the campaign this week. He said: “The First World War Memorials programme is a campaign I wholeheartedly support.

“I would urge anyone to get involved and help preserve the memory of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Anna Wilson of Civic Voice said: “If people from every part of Bolton were to undertake a simple survey of their local war memorial the result could be that all of the town’s memorials could be in really good condition by 2018 when the real commemoration of the end of the war takes place”.

For more information, visit: civicvoice.org.uk/campaigns/war-memorials-/