War memo­rial in ‘prime con­di­tion’

Western Mail - - THE ARMISTICE REMEMBERED -

THE Welsh Na­tional War Memo­rial in Cardiff has been re­stored to “prime con­di­tion” in time for the cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice Day to­mor­row.

The Grade-II listed memo­rial at Alexandra Gar­dens in Cathays Park was de­signed by Sir John Ninian Com­per and was com­pleted in June 1928 to com­mem­o­rate those who died in World War I.

It con­sists of a cir­cu­lar colon­nade of 21 un­fluted Corinthian col­umns with three pro­ject­ing rec­tan­gu­lar por­ti­coes, and has now been re­stored thanks to thou­sands of pounds’ worth of grant fund­ing.

War Me­mo­ri­als Trust gave £29,720 and Cadw gave £10,000, al­low­ing the memo­rial’s stat­ues to be cleaned and waxed.

Es­sen­tial work to the foun­tains and drainage of the memo­rial was also com­pleted.

Michael Michael, Cardiff coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for clean streets, re­cy­cling and en­vi­ron­ment, said: “The memo­rial will be the fo­cal point of the na­tion’s re­mem­brance com­mem­o­ra­tions this Sun­day and we are very grate­ful to the War Me­mo­ri­als Trust and Cadw.”

Frances More­ton, di­rec­tor of War Me­mo­ri­als Trust, added: “It is vi­tal we en­sure all our war me­mo­ri­als are in the best pos­si­ble con­di­tion and the char­ity is de­lighted to sup­port this project.”

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