Commemorative plaque honours Litherland church volunteer Stan Martin

A commemorative plaque has been unveiled at a Litherland church in memory of a popular community volunteer.

Stan Martin, who passed away in May last year at the age of 87, devoted 47 years to a Church Lads’ Brigade in Litherland and was a sides-person at St Philip’s Church for a remarkable 74 years.

To honour his legacy, a plaque was unveiled on Sunday, May 6th by Reverend Alan Finch and Stan’s wife Pat Martin.

During the service, Stan, known fondly as ‘Mr M’  was described as a “loving and caring person” who helped transform the church through his role on the building committee and the time he spent maintaining the grounds and woodland garden.

The service culminated with Rev Finch carrying out a dedication of a cross, which was placed in the church in memory of Pat and Stan’s daughter, Susan Tracey. As well as devoting nearly five decades to the Lads’ Brigade at St Philip’s Church, Stan was also the commanding officer for two decades and ran its 40-strong bugle band which had a superb reputation.

In 2013, Stan and Pat were given the Sefton CVS Community Award in recognition of their combined 130 years of community work.

Pat and Stan received the award from the former Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Maureen Fearn, at Sefton CVS’s annual general meeting and annual conference at Linacre Mission in Bootle.