There is optimism that a bid for funding to carry out work to Alnwick’s war memorial could be successful – and it may cost less than thought.
At the May meeting of Alnwick Town Council, members heard that an initial inquiry to the War Memorials Trust grant scheme had received a positive response.
A full bid is being prepared ahead of the Trust’s next quarterly deadline of June 30 and information on the history of the memorial has to be included as part of the application.
An initial survey suggested that necessary work to both the stonework and bronzework could cost in the region of £30,000 to £40,000.
However, at the meeting, one quote had come back and was lower than this estimate.
Coun Alan Symmonds said: “I think we have taken the restoration of the memorial, probably for the first time in its history, very, very seriously.
“We Will Remember Them should be more than words.”
A letter to the Gazette (May 1) suggested moving the war memorial to the Column Field, but it was confirmed that no funding would be available for this.
If anyone has old photos or information relating to the war memorial and its history, they can contact the clerk on email@example.com or 01665 714922.