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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Call to refurbish town war memorial plaques

WAR memorial plaques in a South Lakes town are in desperate need of refurbishment, according to residents.

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ISSUE: War memorial plaques in Grange are in need of refurbishment, according to residents REF: 0391757

A spokesman for Grange Civic Society raised the issue to Grange Town Council at Monday night’s meeting.

Aiden Smith suggested the plaques be removed from their rickety plinths alongside the cenotaph war memorial and into the Victoria Hall foyer for safekeeping while the group raise funds to restore their current home.

Mr Smith said: “It needs some attention.

“The tablet is hard to read. You have to bend right down to get it in focus.

“The information that is there is extensive and relates to men of the town.

“We looked at the costs and it was going to be in the thousands to re-do the plinth as well.

“The civic society could afford to refurbish them and the display in the Victoria Hall would still be public.”

Resident George Parr agreed with the civic society’s plans.

He said: “It’s something Grange should be proud of.

“I feel they should be reinstated for remembrance events at the cenotaph.

“It’s something that represents the fallen heroes of the town.”

Other concerns included the state of the plaques themselves, which the civic society offered to fund.

Although councillors agreed the metal tablets needed a new plinth and some maintenance, they voted against housing them in the Victoria Hall.

The councillors who opposed the request said they thought the memorials were more powerful when placed next to the cenotaph.

Councillor Paul Fitt said: “I agree the area around the memorial needs to be refurbished.

“I think they are badly positioned and hard to read and I realise that we need to find a solution.

“I think we should do a lot of hard work and come up with something really smashing.

“They are more powerful where they are next to the memorial than they would be anywhere else.

“It’s a piece of our history.”

Councillors agreed to set up a working group to decide on the best possible outcome for the town as a whole.

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