As part of a joint venture between Weston-super-Mare Town Council and North Somerset Council, Worle War Memorial in Worle high street has been refurbished.
With work taking place from July to September the War Memorial has been restored to its former glory just in time for the centenary commemoration of the First World War in November.
Scaffolding was erected in order to address issues with the war memorial roof. Existing tiles were cleaned of debris and broken tiles were replaced. Work was also completed on the stone masonry to repair issues of natural wear. The iron gates were removed and reinstated off site with a new lock installed and the iron work stripped back to bare metal and then powder coated in order to withstand weather pressures.
Peter Johnson of the Museum and Heritage Sub-Committee and a local Worle resident said “When I approached Weston Town Council for funding to restore the gates of Worle War Memorial I could not have been more pleased by the positive response. The work has now been completed and the gates are back in place. All signs of corrosion have gone and sections of the ironwork have been completely replaced. A brand-new lock has also been included. The roof too, has had some repairs and it is good to know that Worle’s memorial is in good shape for the coming centenary commemorations and for many years to come.
Malcolm Nicholson, Town Clerk, said “We are pleased to have been able to restore the Worle War Memorial in time for the Centenary anniversary of the First World War. Thank you to all who contributed to the completion of the work, and to North Somerset Council and Weston-super-Mare Town Council for funding the restoration.”