War memorial’s enduring message restored after resident’s campaign

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An Ironville park’s long-standing war memorial is doing full justice to those it honours again after a local resident’s campaign to have it restored.

The memorial has stood in Ironville and Codnor Park since 1923, bearing the names of local servicemen killed in the two world wars.

Weathering has taken its effect over the years since, dulling the inscription which served as a reminder to future generations.

Ironville resident John Bates became concerned for its condition and decided to seek support to get it restored.

He said: “. It was in need of a really good clean as it is looked very drab indeed and so many of the names are very unclear.

“I felt that this was not an appropriate way to remember the young people from our village that died.”

John applied for a grant from the War Memorial Trust, who agreed to pay 75 per cent of the cost. Parish and county councils will fund the rest.

John added: “I must say thank you to the trust, Councillor Paul Smith and the Reverend Frank Mercurio who have been very helpful.”

The memorial was originally constructed by ex-serviceman Edward Cope. His masonry business passed down to great-grandson Alex, who consulted on the project before expert David Goodacre carried out the work.

A re-dedication ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 10, at 12noon.