War memorial to be given a spruce up for centenary

At the going down of the sun....
At the going down of the sun....

Renovation work is to take place on Alnwick’s war memorial, the town council heard.

At last week’s monthly meeting, councillors heard the results from a survey conducted by a firm of conservation specialists.

The investigation revealed there were no major structural issues although some areas of stonework and the three life-sized bronze figures and plaques have lost their original patina through natural weathering and the build-up of sulphide deposits.

It was heard that the war memorial would also benefit from all the pointing being raked out and replaced with lime mortar.

The council agreed to obtain estimates for the work and look for grant assistance from the War Memorials Trust, to carry it out.

Councillors were supportive of undertaking renovation work to the war memorial as a fitting tribute to residents of Alnwick who lost their lives in various wars, particularly given the impending commemorations over the next four years associated with the First World War.

l Concern was raised about the number of cigarette butts found on the street outside pubs and bars during the town clean-up.

Mayor Bill Grisdale thanked those who helped and Coun Peter Broom for the idea.

It was decided that the town council would speak to landlords about the cigarette butts and it was decided that some sort of campaign may be launched to tackle the problem.