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Annual cleaning at Grimsby Cenotaph

3:32 pm, Tuesday, 25th October 2022 - 2 years ago


Specialist contractors are cleaning Grimsby Cenotaph and the area around it this week in preparation for Remembrance Sunday.

Grimsby’s historic war memorial is 101 years old and special care needs to be taken when cleaning it.

Cleaning is carried out in line with guidance on the conservation, repair and management of war memorials from Historic England and the War Memorials Trust.

Back in 2018, the war memorial underwent a series of essential repairs and refurbishment ahead of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

These works included the repair and refurbishment of the memorial, removal of small bushes from the surrounding garden, cutting back of overgrown trees and additional paving to provide better viewing opportunities.

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“Specialist contractors spent Monday cleaning Grimsby Cenotaph to keep it looking its best for Remembrance Sunday.

“The memorial is delicate and is given an annual clean at this time of year ready for people to remember those who have lost their lives serving their country.”

Laying a wreath

People and organisations wishing to lay their wreaths at this year’s Remembrance Day services at Grimsby and Cleethorpes cenotaphs are being asked to let the organisers know ahead of time.

The services this year will be held on Sunday 13 November.

If you, or your organisation would like to lay a wreath this year, please visit, and under the “Apply for it” heading, look for Events and then the link to apply is listed below. Wreaths should be provided by the organisation applying.

Applications are welcome until 12 noon on Friday 11 November.

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