Brentwood's war memorial restored ahead of 100th anniversary of Armistice Day
PUBLISHED: 17:09 07 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:37 07 November 2018
Brentwood Borough Council
The borough's war memorial has undergone a transformation to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Brentwood Borough Council enlisted the help of Bakers of Danbury, a specialist company that is renowned for its work on historic buildings, churches and monuments, to carry out a deep clean and repairs which saw the significant cross and pedestal, together with the Memorial Wall, brought back to “as-good-as-new” condition.
The Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Sheila Murphy, who took a tour around the memorial garden, said: “It is quite incredible to see all the names of all these young men and know that they each made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives to protect democracy, the country and the future generations living now.
“In these days of technology, the face of war has changed dramatically, and it is hard to envisage every family, neighbour or colleague losing someone or knowing someone who has lost a loved one – this was the case in the First World War.
“Entire communities would never be the same again.
“It is a great testament to Brentwood that the borough played such a significant part in WW1 and it is only right that our wonderful War Memorial be kept in a manner that befits its status to the fallen.”
Brentwood Borough Council leader, Councillor Louise McKinlay, said: “I am delighted to see this wonderful renovation and transformation.
“We took action in 2010 to ensure that the names of those that have lost their lives in the wars are now even clearer to read and preserved for future generations.
“In 2012 a further £50,000 was spent to ensure the Memorial was safe and sound and at this point a new plaque was incorporated with three additional names confirmed by the war grave commission.
“Once again, this latest undertaking by Bakers, has done the Borough and our residents, past and present, proud.”
The parade will assemble in Library Square, Brentwood School, from 10.15am on Sunday, November 11, and they will make their way to the War Memorial accompanied by the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band from 10.35am.
The British Legion expects the parade to see more than 1,000 people take part this year.