Basingstoke's War Memorial restored to former glory in time for Armistice centenary
The town’s iconic War Memorial, which was unveiled in 1923 and carries the names of local serviceman who died in the First World War, has been carefully repaired and cleaned.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s property team commissioned conservation works to the memorial to restore the bronze figure of Victory and the commemorative metal plaques which had all been over-painted, and to repair the stonework which was dirty and damaged.
Cliveden Conservation carried out specialised cleaning and repairs over four weeks at a cost of £40,000 to make the listed monument fit for the Remembrance Sunday service on 11 November.
The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Seán Keating will lead the tributes and wreath-laying and some descendants of local First World War servicemen will be present to remember their loved ones.
This year marks the centenary of the First World War armistice, signed between the Allies and Germany for the cessation of hostilities.
The public service will be taken by the Mayor’s stand-in chaplain Deacon Patrick O’Connell and will feature prayers, hymns and a choral performance. The Last Post and Exhortation will be followed by two minutes’ silence at 11am and a flypast by RAF Odiham.
The Mayor will lay a wreath on behalf of the borough, followed by wreaths from the Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire Tom Floyd, the Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, representatives from the armed forces, police, fire service and many other local associations, schools and organisations.
The Mayor will take the salute from the parade on a dais on New Road afterwards, then join the servicemen’s families at a reception where they will be presented with miniature ‘Tommy’ figures engraved with the names of their loved ones.
The Mayor said: “I am looking forward to welcoming everyone to this year’s special Remembrance Day service in Basingstoke. It is wonderful to see the town’s War Memorial given a new lease of life so that the borough’s residents and the generations to come can continue to remember the Fallen of the First and Second World Wars.”
A list of those named on the war memorials around the borough can be downloaded from the council website at https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/ww1
Find out more at https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/basingstoke-remembers