Friday, 16 December 2011

News - Memorial gardens renovated in £20,000 project (Ollerton)

A WAR memorial has been renovated thanks to a £20,000 project.

Paths in the Ollerton Memorial Gardens were re-laid and resurfaced, and the memorial was cleaned.

Gates and railings were also restored by local ironmonger Mike Pringle.

Councillor Stella Smedley, who approved the Notts County Council's Local Improvement Scheme application which paid for the work, said the memorial's restoration had been welcomed by members of the public and the Royal British Legion.

She said: "The memorial looks absolutely splendid and everyone is delighted with the work that has been carried out.

"War memorials are a landmark in many communities and it is essential we keep them maintained to the highest standards."

Ollerton town clerk Karen Wakefield said that the repair work had been urgent as the paths had become unsafe.

Councillor Smedley also hit out at recent vandalism which left gates and pillars damaged.

She said: "Local people were very angry that this mindless act was carried out on the newly-restored memorial – we can only hope the culprits are ashamed of themselves."

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