War memorials show appreciation for lives lost after big clean-up

Leah Burton with her lifesize sculpture on show at Spalding High School's art and technology exhibiton. Photo:SG040613-156TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Leah Burton with her lifesize sculpture on show at Spalding High School's art and technology exhibiton. Photo:SG040613-156TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Two Gosberton war memorials are “sparkling” after being cleaned up as part of a community initiative.

The two memorials – a grey granite celtic cross and a 15 foot sandstone column – had become weathered and mossy, and residents had called for them to be given a facelift.

Gosberton Parish Council approached Lincolnshire Co-operative whose masons assessed the memorials and offered to repair one of them for free while the parish and district councils paid the cost for the other.

Scaffolding was put up on site and both of the stones have been cleaned.

One of the memorials has the names of all those killed in action inscribed in the stone but it had faded and was difficult to read. Now all of the lettering has now been re-enamelled as part of the refurbishment.

Gosberton parish councillor John Clarke said: “We’re in shock at how good it’s turned out. We’d like to thank Lincolnshire Co-op for its support and the work the masons have done, we’re so pleased.”

Chairman Mark Taylor said he thinks people will be really surprised.

“People will take more notice of them now and have more respect for what they stand for.

“You can see such a difference, the column has really lightened up and the celtic cross in Gosberton Risegate has completely changed – it sparkles.”

The memorials are a focal point in the village with many relatives of those engraved on it still living nearby.

Longest serving parish councillor John Dennis said his uncle is one of those whose name is on the plaque commemorating the First World War and he went to school with many of the men who are recognised on the memorial for their service in the Second World War.

He said that having the stones refurbished shows the appreciation the village has for those who gave their lives for their country.