Grantham craftsman offers to repair vandalised World War One memorial
A skilled craftsman was so disgusted by vandalism at Grantham's World War One memorial park he is repairing a damaged sculpture at no cost.
Chris Kennedy, of Roll and Scroll, contacted Wyndham Park owners South Kesteven District Council with the offer to repair the metal sculpture commemorating the Machine Gun Corps, which was based at Belton.
Mr Kennedy, whose company specialises in military commemoration work, said: "I just thought it was disgusting. Those responsible have just got no respect and don't understand the sacrifices previous generations have made.
"The vandalism of commemorative items in a World War One memorial park is like kicking a gravestone."
SKDC's cabinet member for commercial and operations, Coun Dr Peter Moseley, said: "We are very grateful to Chris and have accepted his kind offer.
"We know it is only a very small minority who are responsible for vandalism in our district but their actions can have a big impact.
"What has happened at Wyndham Park has been very disappointing but Chris will restore the sculpture to a standard befitting the sacrifice of those it remembers."
A £1m Heritage Lottery-funded project to restore Wyndham Park to its former glory as the town's World War One memorial park was completed last year.
Volunteers with the Wyndham Park Forum help keep it looking its best. The secretary of the forum, Elizabeth Bowskill, said : "The Machine Gun Corps sculpture has become a landmark within the park. It is great news that Roll and Scroll has offered to repair it."
Unfortunately more vandalism has been reported in the park. A memorial replica plaque in the shelter has been broken into several pieces completely beyond repair. Graffiti has also been sprayed on the walls.