Repair works to take place on war memorial this summer

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 15 May 2021

THE GRADE II* listed War Memorial Wall in Hinckley’s Argents Mead park is set to be restored to its former glory this summer.

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council have sought out after listed building consent for the works to go ahead, which will be completed by a specialist stonemason.

The remembrance wall suffered weather damage back in February earlier this year, after stone wording had fallen off, obscuring the message which used to read: “The names of those who gave their lives in the great war”.

The affected original wording on the memorial dates all the way back to 1922.

Nottingham-based stonemason, Capitol Stone, will be carrying out the works, where they will also repoint sections of the wall and consolidate small areas of cracked stone.

£7,400 of funding from the Borough Council has gone towards repairing the memorial.

The memorial commemorates the names of the 622 people from Hinckley who died in service during the first and second World Wars and in subsequent conflicts.

It received a Grade II* listed status from Historic England on 10 August 1989.

Council Leader, Cllr. Stuart Bray, said: “I am delighted these works are being planned for this year.

“The war memorial is an important reminder of the sacrifices others have made for us and so we share a duty to ensure that it is cherished and conserved for future generations.”

Cllr Danny Findlay, Armed Forces Champion for the Borough Council, said: “It is important that all age groups, young and old, have the continued opportunity to appreciate and pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“It is hoped that the public can see the restoration works in all their glory later this year at the Service of Remembrance should coronavirus restrictions allow.”

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