Group of “drunken men” destroying flowers near war memorial say they “were only paying homage”


A group of young men pulled up flowers believed to have been left as a tribute to David Greenhalgh on an exhibit near a war memorial in Bolton.

At around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 4, Damian Hoskison saw three men destroying the flowers by the roadside from Blackburn Road to Egerton.

While waiting to be picked up for work, he approached the men to ask them what they were doing.

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“I work as a driver so I was waiting at the war memorial for my colleague to pick me up,” Damian told the Manchester Evening News.

“I could hear a commotion as three guys were running down the street, who obviously had a little too much.

“I could just see flowers being tossed in the air.

“I suspected they were tearing them apart, so when they walked past me I was more worried that they would destroy the flower arrangements in the war memorial.”

Damian said he believed the flowers were placed at the war memorial in honor of Bolton Council chief David Greenhalgh, who died aged 53 on July 29.

Flowers were destroyed near the war memorial in Egerton

“These plants have been around for a long time, but I think the flower arrangements are only recently coming for David,” Damian said.

“I kind of dragged around as they started walking towards her and then felt like I had to tell them something.

“I walked up to him and just screamed to ask him what he was doing and he said ‘I’m just paying homage to him.’

“I told him he didn’t seem to show respect when he pulled up flowers. One of the other guys just yelled “Let’s go, Harry” at a cropped haired guy and I told them it was probably best if they did.

“They walked away and they shouted at me and cursed at me as they left.”

Damian said he wanted the men to know what they were doing was disrespectful and hopes they don’t think about doing it again.

“I first tried calling the police because I was afraid they would go away and do something else, but I don’t know what they would do about it,” he explains.

“They were in their twenties, so they were definitely old enough to know better.”

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