CGC “proud” to help Inverclyde Council erect new World War One memorial

April 5 2018

CITY Gate Construction has praised Inverclyde Council for creating a new memorial to local men who fought in the first world war.

Toll Boys at Clune Park, Port Glasgow

The memorial commemorates the sacrifice of the so-called “Toll Boys” – 29 Port Glasgow men who gave their lives in the service of their country.

An original bronze plaque bearing the names of the 29 Toll Boys has now been moved from the wall of the building at 5 Glasgow Road – where the old Toll House stood – to allow for the regeneration of the local area.

City Gate Construction was appointed by the Council to undertake the work.
Environment & Regeneration Convener Councillor Michael McCormick said: “I am delighted the new memorial has been completed in plenty of time to mark the centenary of the end of World War One. So many lives were lost, not just here in Port Glasgow and Inverclyde, that we owe it to the sacrifice and selflessness of all who served to pay our respects in the best way we can.”

Depute Provost Councillor David Wilson said: “Every year the Toll Boys feature prominently in our local Remembrance Day programme and we want to continue with that tradition whilst of course honouring their memory and sacrifice. The Council has come up with a sympathetic design which creates a new local focal point for the town and serves as a lasting and fitting tribute to the Toll Boys.”

The Toll Boys were all local unemployed men who spent their days repairing furniture at the Toll House to help others in the local community.
Ronald Wilson is Chair of the Kindred Clubs of Port Glasgow who asked for Council support for the new memorial. He said “It is fitting that we honour the memory of not only these young lads, but also those local men and women who have laid down their lives in subsequent conflicts.”

CGC Director Ronnie McDowell said: “This was a particularly special task which CGC carried out given the important place in history that the Toll Boys have. We feel privileged to have been chosen to undertake it. It is particularly relevant that Inverclyde Council – to its great credit – chose the centenary of the ending of the first world war to create this new monument to local lives that were lost.”

The work involved forming a new concrete foundation and the actual structure was created using grey granite. The existing plaque was cleaned before being installed and new kerbing and paving was used to finish the job. A re-dedication ceremony for the monument will be held later this year.