Clean-up in time for 100th anniversary of Great War

War memorial needs a spring clean. SG131111-242TW
War memorial needs a spring clean. SG131111-242TW
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MP John Hayes is spearheading a plan to have Spalding War Memorial restored to its former glory in time for this year’s 100th anniversary of the First World War.

The memorial in Ayscoughfee Gardens was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the architect responsible for The Cenotaph in London.

Mr Hayes has attended every Remembrance Sunday Parade in Spalding since his election to Parliament in 1997 as South Holland and The Deepings MP.

He said several people have commented on the memorial looking “dirty and green” and in need of a spring clean.

The MP believes a small grant of around £2,500 from the War Memorials Trust – which would need match-funding either from the district council or public subscription – will be enough to have the memorial looking its best.

Mr Hayes says attendance at Remembrance Sunday and 11/11 services is growing because of more recent conflicts.

“People are remembering not just the last war and indeed the First World War, it’s a living memory,” he said. “To maintain that living memory, it is important that war memorials are in good order.”

District council deputy leader Nick Worth said: “South Holland District Council has always maintained it would welcome any assistance with funding that John Hayes can find to keep it in the best condition and particularly bearing in mind the centenary of World War One this year. We will be happy to work with him to ensure this happens.”

Coun Worth believes the memorial is owned by Ayscoughfee Hall and Gardens Trust.

Frank White, vice chairman of Spalding branch of The Royal British Legion, welcomed the step to spruce up the memorial.

He said: “Good idea – we are all for it.”