Grant funding to repair Weston war memorial announced

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 March 2018

The war memorial in Grove Park.

The war memorial in Grove Park.

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Weston-super-Mare’s war memorial will be restored later this year, after grant funding for the project was confirmed.

War memorial with olive branch in 1974 or 1975.War memorial with olive branch in 1974 or 1975.

Weston Town Council decided to repair the memorial, in Grove Park, as it has been missing an olive branch for decades.

It has already achieved listed building consent to carry out the work, and the War Memorials Trust has this week confirmed it will provide a £6,200 grant.

The repairs will include creating a new olive branch for the angel, fixing the statue’s patchy green appearance, repointing the plinth and restoring the plaques.

Town council clerk Malcolm Nicholson said: “We are really grateful to the War Memorials Trust for its generous funding for this project to restore the iconic war memorial in Grove Park.

Families gather around the War Memorial.Families gather around the War Memorial.

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“We are also grateful to North Somerset Council and the Weston Civic Society for their support.”

The funding means the memorial can be restored to coincide with the centenary of the end of World War One this year.

Cllr John Crockford-Hawley, chairman of the museum and heritage committee, said: “I’m delighted to see this project getting off the ground and look forward to completion of its restoration during this important anniversary year.

“The Angel of Peace lost her original olive branch some decades ago and without it the significance of what she seeks is also lost. She is not glorifying war but seeking peace.”

The memorial was designed by Alfred Drury, who was regarded as one of the leading sculptors of his time. One of his other works stands in the courtyard of Burlington House, London, where the Royal Academy of Arts and Royal Astronomical are based.

Cllr Crockford-Hawley added: “This is a truly significant piece of art in the centre of Weston.”

The memorial has been in the park since 1922, and lists the names of 402 men who died in World War One, and 186 names from World War Two.

Frances Morton, director of the War Memorials Trust, said: “War memorials are a tangible connection to our shared past creating a link between the fallen and today.

“It is vital we ensure all our war memorials are in the best possible condition for their age and the charity is delighted to support this project.”

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