War me­mo­rial re­stored ahead of Armistice Day cen­te­nary

South Wales Echo - - Wwi 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 Welsh Na­tional War 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 for the fund­ing that has en­abled the restora­tion work to be car­ried out.

“I’m de­lighted that this im­por­tant mon­u­ment has been re­turned to such a prime con­di­tion.”

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

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