Preston College

Bricklaying Learner Helps Construct War Memorial

News - Thursday, 8th October, 2015

A Preston’s College Bricklaying student has been hard at work to help produce a touching war memorial unveiled in front of over 100 people in a South Ribble park.

The memorial, at the entrance to Farington’s Queen Elizabeth II Park, is to commemorate 55 soldiers from the village who lost their lives during the First World War.

Level 2 Bricklaying student Bradley Higham, along with College tutors Kevin Gaskell and Ken Rutlidge, made a stone plinth (pictured below) on which a plaque lists the names of men who lost their lives during the Great War.

Bradley, aged 17 from Preston, was asked by council officials to lay a wreath as a vote of thanks for his hard work, time and dedication.

The memorial, officially opened by Colonel Alan Jolley, Vice Lieutenant of Lancashire, took around two days for Bradley and tutors to construct.

This is another great example of how learners are getting to work inside the community to work on live projects – helping them to become THE most employable.

Talking about the experience, Kevin Gaskell, Bricklaying tutor at Preston’s College, said: “We were approached by Councillor Mike Otter a little over two years ago with his plans and intentions for the site.

“We were more than happy to get involved and Bradley was really keen to get involved too! We build the plinth over two days using stone cobbled on which the plaque sits and hopefully it’s a suitable tribute for the people of Farington.”

Farington's First World War Memorial

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