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Grant funding to repair Weston war memorial

by mikebell on 25 March, 2018

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

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.

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.

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.

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