Annoyed By The Lack Of A World War I Memorial In His Town, This Man Did Something Rather Wonderful

“As I walked the dog that night I counted up all the names and just thought that it would be a nice thing to do.”

1. Wedding DJ Gary Jones walks his dogs every night past a war memorial in Prince’s Park in Irlam, Greater Manchester, and recently became frustrated that nothing was being done to mark the World War I centenary.

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So he decided to do something about it.

2. The 31-year-old went to a local Tesco store and bought 250 candles to stage his own vigil to commemorate the start of the Great War and all those who gave their lives for their country.

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He told the Manchester Evening News: “Something just started to niggle at me that nothing was being done in Irlam at the memorial.

“As I walked the dog that night I counted up all the names and just thought that it would be a nice thing to do. I thought I would do it seen as no one else was going to [sic].”

3. Jones said two other men who were walking their dogs in the park at the time stopped to help him light the candles.


“It was just a spur of the moment thing for all the right reasons,” he added.

After returning home from his walk Jones uploaded a picture of the vigil to Facebook, writing: “250 later and one for every hero. RIP boys.”

4. Ceremonies were held around the country this week to mark Britain’s entry into the First World War.

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