‘Men of Grantham’ memorial restored

Veteran George Reeve with the newly refurbished war memorial.

Veteran George Reeve with the newly refurbished war memorial.

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A WAR memorial at St Wulfram’s to the fighting “Men of Grantham” has been given a new life thanks to a refurbishment.

Malay and Borneo veteran George Reeve began his attempts to get the impressive memorial in the grounds of St Wulfram’s looking its best two years ago.

The new plaque on the Men of Grantham memorial.

The new plaque on the Men of Grantham memorial.

Now, thanks to funding from South Kesteven District Council, the memorial is eye-catching for all the right reasons.

George of Portsmouth Close, Grantham, said: “It’s a fantastic memorial and I think it has come out really, really well. The people of the town should be rightly proud of it.”

New plaques have been installed including one facing the entrance of the church so people visiting now know it is a war memorial.

George first contacted the district council two years ago fearing the memorial was reaching the point when it would no longer be structurally safe due to erosion.

The new plaque on the war memorial.

The new plaque on the war memorial.

He said: “The council have been excellent - very supportive. I could not have hoped for any more.

“As soon as I told them it could do with some restoration they got straight on it and paid for the work to be done.It was getting into a bad state and risked becoming quite dangerous.”

The restoration work was carried out by Andrew and Russell Baker of Rutland Masonry; the engraving of the plaques was by Mark Shepherd of Shepherd Memorial Masons.