Experts to oversee Shortlands War Memorial restoration
Published Thursday, 13 October 2016
Expert consultants are being appointed to oversee the restoration of the Shortlands War memorial.
The news follows the much publicised damage when a car collided with the memorial in July, causing severe damage to the Leckhampton stone cross. The memorial was first unveiled 95 years ago almost to the day, on Sunday 9 October 1921.
The appointment of an expert conservator is expected shortly and this consultant will liaise with Historic England and the War Memorials Trust, with planning approval probably also needed. Careful examination of the stone will still be needed but it is potentially possible that some of the damaged stonework may be able to be used. Therefore, it is envisaged that the memorial will essentially replicate the damaged memorial, with the costs envisaged to be met by the car driver’s insurance company.
Ward Councillors, following discussions with St Mary’s church have confirmed that a memorial service will still take place this November, on Sunday 13th at 10am where there will be a service of Holy Communion in St Mary’s Church followed by a service at 10.45 am at the war memorial when poppies and other tributes will be placed on the stone plinth.
In a joint statement, Shortlands Ward Councillors Mary Cooke and David Jefferys said, “It will be particularly poignant this year when we come together to reflect and commemorate on Remembrance Sunday with a wooden cross placed on the plinth where the Celtic stone cross stood for so long. We recognise the specialist nature of the work that is being commissioned and look forward to this important memorial once again standing in proud memory of the men and women of Shortlands who gave their lives in the two World Wars.”
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