Local PCSOs help restore a cenotaph neglected during lockdown

GMP Irlam and Cadishead

Greater Manchestser Police has taken to social media to share a heartwarming story of two PCSOs who have helped to restore a cenotaph in their local community.

After noticing that the cenotaph memorial at Princes Park in the heart of Irlam was looking “very drab and unloved” in the wake of UK lockdown during the coronavirus (COVID-19), PCSOs Phil and Mark decided to step in and offer a bit of TLC.

Using the spare time they had during their breaks from work, they swept, cleaned and weeded the area around the cenotaph it to restore it back to something the community can once again be proud of.

Sharing in a post on the GMP Irlam and Cadishead Facebook page, Sergeant Judd Eccles of the Neighbourhood Policing team said: Well done to PCSO’s Phil and Mark who saw that the Cenotaph in Princes Park was looking very drab and unloved due to the COVID lockdown,”


During their breaks yesterday and today, they have swept, cleaned, weeded the area and taken home the wreaths for a wash”.

“I am sure you will agree it looks so much better.”

“Well done gents”.

GMP Irlam and Cadishead
GMP Irlam and Cadishead

Since sharing the story with the public, the post has gone on to amass hundreds of interactions and comments from appreciative members of the local community who have heaped plenty of well-deserved praise on the officers for their kind efforts.

One Facebook user commented: “What a lovely thought, thank you to you both, so much appreciated.”

Another wrote: “Great community spirit!”

“It looks beautiful. Thank you for your time and respect to do this for our fallen heroes” commented another.

We think we speak for everyone when we say how great it is to see that their gesture has been so warmly received and recognised – from everyone here at The Manc, it’s hats off to you, PCSOs Phil and Mark.

Thank you.


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