New work on war memorial

Disappearing names of heroes from Aylsham’s war memorial are set to be reinstated.

Aylsham Town Council is seeking planning permission from Broadland District Council to refurbish the memorial, in the churchyard of St Michael’s parish church, in time for Remembrance Day, in November.

The project will see a deteriorating panel removed and replaced. It was installed over one of the original faces on the four-sided monument after the Second World War and bears the names of local men lost in the 1939-1945 conflict, and in the Korean War. Weathering has caused the lettering to become difficult to read.

Sue Lake, town council clerk, said stonemason Teucer Wilson, from Burgh-next-Aylsham, was “ready and waiting with chisel in hand” to incise the 287 letters needed to replace the names in a new granite panel, matching the other faces on the monument.

The town council also plans to give the memorial a general clean, repaint all the other inscriptions, from the First World War, repoint all round and replace badly-coloured filler.

Aylsham War Memorial. The weathered face of the panel added after the Second World War

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