LAP seeks ideas to mark centenary of Great War

Bellshill War Memorial
Bellshill War Memorial

Bellshill Local Area Partnership (LAP) has received £30,000 to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

Last year the LAP funded a clean-up of the war memorial in Main Street which saw fencing erected round it and planting put in.

Students from Bellshill Academy are also out once a week picking up litter and any other mess that has gathered in order to ensure the cenotaph remains in a respectable state.

Bellshill LAP then successfully applied to the council’s regeneration fund for £30,000 to commemorate the Great War in an appropriate way.

Councillors are currently in discussions with pupils from the Academy and residents at Hatton Lea Care Home in the town to come up with ideas for how the money should be spent.

Mossend and Holytown councillor Frank McNally said: “The war memorial wasn’t looking it’s best due to litter and dog’s dirt and stuff like that, but since the work was carried out it is looking an awful lot better.

“As we reach the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War we are looking to see how we can mark the occasion locally.

“We have £30,000 and it is just a case of working out how we are going to spend it.

“Sadly we don’t have anyone left who lived through the conflict to ask their opinion, but I’m sure between the pupils at Bellshill Academy and the residents of Hatton Lea that we will be given plenty of ideas to consider.”