Campaign to restore Worthing’s war memorial launched

David Chapman leads the World War One memorial clean-up

David Chapman leads the World War One memorial clean-up

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A CAMPAIGN has been launched to clean a World War One memorial, in Worthing, which has fallen into disrepair.

The memorial, outside St Paul’s Centre, in Chapel Road, has been branded a “disgrace” because of its increasingly weathered state.

In a letter to Worthing mayor Ann Sayers, Rustington resident, Jack Trotman, said: “It was erected to honour the dead from the church and the parish who served in the 1914-1918 war.

“But, oh my goodness, what a state it is in – full of mould and the stone has turned green. In short, it is a disgrace but can easily be righted.”

The letter was passed on to David Chapman, councillor for Central ward, who has, with the support of the Combined Ex-Serviceman’s Association and the St Paul’s trustees, agreed to undertake a project to restore and refurbish the memorial in the next few months.

Mr Chapman said it was estimated the work would cost around £2,000, but further funds were needed to ensure the memorial was cleaned regularly over the next few years.

To fund this work, a public appeal is being launched, which will include a street collection in June and an Edwardian tea party at St Paul’s Centre, on June 15.

Mr Chapman said: “We are sure the public will be generous in helping us find this modest sum to ensure that we are not disrespectful of the sacrifice given that enables us to enjoy our freedoms and quality of life.”

The tea party takes place from 1pm to 4pm and tickets cost £7.50.

For further information, contact Mr Chapman on 01903 237474 or email david.chapman@worthing.gov.uk