Workers restore King’s Lynn war memorial

Great War memorial at South Lynn community centre. ANL-141004-164150001
Great War memorial at South Lynn community centre. ANL-141004-164150001

A memorial marking the sacrifice made by men from South Lynn during the First World War has been restored ahead of this year’s important anniversary.

The memorial has been returned to its former glory thanks to the hard work put in by Freebridge Community Housing’s joinery team.

The wooden memorial was found in a sorry state some time ago but is now gleaming after weeks of polishing.

The memorial has now been returned to South Lynn Community Centre but talks are now being held as to where the memorial should now be sited.

This year marks the 100th anniversary since the outbreak of the First World War in Europe.

Freebridge became involved after director of housing Robert Clarke, who also sits on the community trust, learned that the memorial needed some restoration work.

Director of property Colin Davison is delighted with his team’s efforts in restoring this wooden memorial.

He said: “When Robert mentioned that the war memorial in South Lynn was in a bit of a sorry state, we agreed that we needed to do something to help.

“The Freebridge joinery team, based at property services, have spent time repairing the memorial and making it good as new, including giving it a thorough clean and polish.

“We are really pleased that we have been able to donate this work as a gift in order to help with the restoration.

“The South Lynn Community Trust are now working together to decide where it will be best to erect the memorial in the near future.”

A total of 33 men are recorded on the memorial for the 1914 to 1918 war.

The memorial is dedicated to the men of St Michael’s and All Angels who died in the Great War.

The sacrifice made these men and others in West Norfolk has been remembered by school children.

Hundreds of poppy seeds have been planted in Downham and Lynn over recent weeks to mark this anniversary.