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Restored war memorial rededicated in Regent Park, Ordsall

A war memorial removed from a park in Salford in the 1970s because of vandalism has been rededicated in a ceremony.

The Regent Park Memorial, which was first erected in 1918 in Ordsall, has been restored.

It was kept by the Royal British Legion and was rededicated in a service led by the Reverend Sandra Kearney, vicar of St Clement's, Ordsall.

"It is very important this memorial is back in the community," she said.

It was decided to restore the memorial earlier this year following a consultation with local people.

Members of the Royal British Legion handed it over to the New Barracks Tenant Management Co-operative.

Among those attending the ceremony was Ben Wallsworth, 94, a Dunkirk veteran and former chairman of Salford Council Planning Committee, whose uncle Ben Wallsworth is among the World War One veterans listed on the memorial.

It culminated with a bugler calling the Last Post and local schoolchildren laying wreaths at the foot of the sculpture.

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