Facelift for Ollerton War Memorial

Ollerton War Memorial has undergone a clean up and repair work to paths thanks to Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme.

The £20,000 project funded the re-laying and resurfacing of paths in the Memorial Gardens and the cleaning of the memorial.

The gates and railings were also cleaned and restored by local ironmonger Mike Pringle.

Coun Stella Smedley, who approved the LIS application, said the memorial’s restoration had been welcomed by members of the public and the Royal British Legion.

She added: “The memorial looks absolutely splendid and everyone is delighted with the work that has been carried out.

“War memorials are an essential landmark in many communities and it is essential that we keep them maintained to the highest standards.”

Ollerton Town Clerk Karen Wakefield said that the repair work had been urgent as the paths around the memorial garden had become unsafe.

“People are grateful to LIS for funding new pathways as at this time of year they can become dangerous and slippery for visitors,” she added.

Coun Smedley also commented on the recent vandalism which saw gates and pillars damaged.

She said: “Local people were very angry that this mindless vandalism was carried out on the newly restored memorial, we can only hope the culprits are ashamed of themselves.”