The scaffolding has come down and the refurbishment to Alnwick’s war memorial is now complete in time for Remembrance Sunday.
Members of Alnwick Town Council were keen to ensure that the memorial, near the Column Field, was in tip-top condition for the service in this centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War.
A funding bid was made to the Grants for War Memorials scheme, which is jointly funded by English Heritage and administered by the War Memorials Trust (WMT), enabling around £10,000-worth of refurbishment to be carried out.
Most of the work has focussed on two areas – the stonework on the column and the plinth and the bronzework of the statues, plaques and lantern.
Stonework has been re-pointed with lime mortar and any moss and weeds that have grown have been removed. Flaking and damaged areas of stonework have been repaired, in keeping with the surrounding masonry and staining has been removed.
The bronze elements had lost their original patina – a thin layer which forms on the metalwork – through natural weathering and the three figures were all covered in a dark layer due to pollution which has been removed. They have also been cleaned and repatinated to preserve them for the future.