Manchester’s cenotaph to be moved to make way for Metrolink tram line | Manchester Evening News – menmedia.co.uk

According to this article in the Manchester Evening News, the city’s  87-year-old war memorial in St. Peter’s Square will be moved to make way for a Metrolink tram extension project.

Manchester's cenotaph, seen here, will be moved to make way for the new tram line from Victoria to Manchester Central. MEN photo via Share This function.

For reference, my banner photo atop this blog was taken in St. Peter’s Square, from the tram platform seen behind the monument in the attached MEN photo at left. 

Naturally I see the growth of Metrolink as a positive development, though one hopes the memorial relocation will be handled with care and sensitivity. The MEN article suggests “council bosses are confident they have the support of veterans’ groups and church leaders.”

A companion MEN opinion piece notes that the proposal to move the cenotaph to the back of the Town Hall, nearer to the Peace Garden, “will certainly be a less hectic location for a monument that demands quiet introspection.”

I also rather like this passage, which sets up the historic context rather nicely:

The story of Manchester in recent years has been one of coexistence between the old and the new. One ‘new’ idea – or rather a revival of an old idea – has been the Metrolink tram network.

For more on the monumental project, see this March 8 BBC story, or this piece from KEY 103 radio (with audio clip).

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One Response to Manchester’s cenotaph to be moved to make way for Metrolink tram line | Manchester Evening News – menmedia.co.uk

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