Memorial set to be extensively renovated

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A more secure future beckons for Alford’s 96-year old war memorial after East Lindsey planners approved an application for it to be extensively renovated.

Not only will the central shaft be replaced but the lettering on the inscriptions will be repainted.

According to a consultant’s condition survey, The Grade II structure - which stands outside St Wilfrid’s Church, itself Grade I listed - could be at risk of collapse in the event of high winds.

Back in the 1980s, it had to be repaired after the cross on the top was blown off.

Over the years, the limestone has weakened and movement of the shaft in high winds has ‘vibrated out’ some of the mortar filling.

English Heritage has raised no objection to the works which will be carried out by specialist contractors.

It was designed by Sir John Ninian Comper and dedicated in 1919.