Newbury’s War Memorial has had a deep clean in readiness for this year’s Remembrance Day parade which will take place in the town centre on Sunday 11 November and also the “Battles over Beacon” event which is part of a national initiative to commemorate the end of the First World War.
The brass plaques listing all of those Newbury residents who gave their lives in WWI and WWII have been polished by a specialist contractor employing methods used by Heritage England and the War Memorials Trust to protect them for the future.
The works were carried were carried out using a ‘Super-Heated Water Treatment System’. The surface of the lantern, shaft, plinth, steps, surround, wall and plaques were all cleaned of organic growth, moss and detritus and an application of a protective sacrificial micro crystalline (Renaissance wax) has now been applied on the plaques.
The black and gold railings have also been repainted in readiness for Remembrance Sunday.
Cllr Adrian Edwards, Leader of the Council said, “During the cleaning a number of members of the public commented on the great work being carried out and we are highly pleased with the results. The Town Council take great care of the War Memorial and this extensive clean is appropriate for this year’s commemorations”.
He continued, “The ‘Battles over Beacon’ event will take place in the Market Place on the evening of Sunday 11 November starting at 6.15pm and will finish at 7.45 pm and we do hope that people will join us for this special event to mark the end of WWI”