THE first stage of a project to clean a war memorial that had fallen into disrepair is now complete.
Cleaning began early last month on the St Paul’s Memorial, in Chapel Road, which had fallen into disrepair after years of neglect.
Liberal Democrat councillor David Chapman, who helped start the campaign to restore the war memorial, said he was “delighted” with the progress made.
He said: “I am delighted with our progress and that the cleaning is now going ahead and we have our re-dedication ceremony arranged for January 29.
“I would certainly like to thank all who contributed to and supported the fund-raising. It is fitting we do this for those who have made such sacrifices on our behalf and continue to do so.”
David said there were also plans in the new year to place a chain around the memorial to deter skateboarders and vandals from harming the statue.
The re-dedication service takes place at the memorial on January 29 at 2pm.