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Downham memorial gets a face lift

Cllr John Fox fat the war memorial which will be given some repair work to mark the 100th centenary of the First World War

Cllr John Fox fat the war memorial which will be given some repair work to mark the 100th centenary of the First World War

A memorial will be getting a face lift as part of a town’s commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Downham Town Council will remember the sacrifice made by the men who fought in the Great War by renovating the memorial put up in their honour.

An estimated 70 men from the Downham area died on the battlefields in France, Belgium, and Gallipoli while fighting for their country during the 1914 to 1918 war.

Members of the council’s property committee agreed at a meeting on Tuesday to refresh the lettering of the memorial, which is close to Howdale Road.

Committee chairman John Fox hopes to have the renovation completed before the anniversary in August.

He said: “The suggestion to renovate the lettering was discussed and agreed with great warmth . Everyone thought it was a brilliant idea.

“The town’s remembrance services attract 200 to 300 people from right across the board.

“The town does remember and it is up to the council to support the town in its remembrance with projects such as this.”

The council last refurbished the war memorial in about 2008, when the surroundings were tidied.

Councillors, who are also looking at other commemoration ideas, hope to have the memorial repainted in the coming months and will be getting quotes.

Members will also be submitting a grant application to West Norfolk Council.

Community groups across the area will be able to bid for a share of £42,000 which the borough council has allocated to pay for events and tributes to mark the anniversary.

The fund has received a good response so far with nearly ten applications.

Any non-profit community group can apply including voluntary groups, parish or town councils, charities, churches, social enterprises, community interest companies or schools.

The fund, being administered by the Norfolk Community Foundation, opened on Monday last week and the deadline for applications is February 21.

Applications will be considered towards the end of March and the successful applicants notified then.

For further information and to submit an application visit www.norfolkfoundation.com/west-norfolk-commemorating-ww1-fund.htm

 

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