Experts to study war memorial to check if olive branch can be returned
PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 May 2017
The condition of Weston-super-Mare's war memorial will be checked by experts to see if an olive branch, which has been missing for decades, can be returned to the sculpture.
The park’s memorial is topped with a bronze winged sculpture, which represents Victory.
It is supposed to be holding an olive branch of peace in its outstretched right hand – but it has been missing for approximately 40 years.
Weston Town Council wants to restore the statue, in Grove Park, to its former glory.
After the Mercury helped to find pictures of the memorial when its olive branch was still intact, North Somerset Council’s conservation officer agreed an accurate replacement olive branch can be created for it.
The town council will pay £377 for a condition report, to check if the olive branch can be replaced without having to remove the statue from the memorial base, which could cause more damage.
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.