Memorial work

Featherstone college students work on revamping the area around the war memorial on Staion Lane, Featherstone.'p5485a126
Featherstone college students work on revamping the area around the war memorial on Staion Lane, Featherstone.'p5485a126
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FEATHERSTONE’S history is in the hand of its youngsters as work on a war memorial in the town gets underway.

Students from Featherstone Technology College have been digging and planting a rockery garden to improve the memorial on Station Lane.

The group of year nine students, who have been studying both World Wars, are giving up their Wednesday mornings to help out at the site.

Student Joe Lumb, 14, said: “I enjoyed learning about the World Wars in my lessons and I’ve enjoyed building the rockery even more. It’s made me realise what an important place the memorial is.”

History teacher Joe Birkbeck is leading the project in conjunction with Featherstone and District War Memorial Committee.

He said: “I’m proud of the commitment and enthusiasm our students have shown. The war memorial committee has supported the students brilliantly.

“The project has given students a great opportunity to contribute to a local historical site. They’ve enjoyed it immensely.”

The committee contacted the school two months ago to suggest working together on a community project.

Gordon Barker, secretary of the committee, said: “The children have been really superb, it’s been an eye opener.

“I’ve been up there at night and some of them have been sitting there. I asked what they were doing and they said they were guarding the wall.”