Essential repairs planned for Grimsby Cenotaph in preparation for centenary Armistice Day celebrations
Grimsby’s Cenotaph – the focus of annual Armistice Day celebrations – is to undergo essential repair work ahead of this year’s important centenary.
The war memorial, which is situated on the corner of Bargate and Eastwood Avenue, is in urgent need of repair and improvement works.
North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC), working in Partnership with ENGIE, will be carrying out the works in the coming weeks ahead of the 100 year Armistice Day celebration in November.
The Grimsby Cenotaph was originally unveiled at a ceremony on 8 December 1921 and was recognised as a Grade II listed building on 30 June 1999.
It now commemorates the First World War (1914-1918) and the Second World War (1939-1945) and has been noted for its special architectural relevance which is of historic interest.
Once complete the memorial will be protected and preserved for future generations to visit and reflect on the past and the impact of the two global conflicts on the local area.
The works will also create improved access and viewing areas surrounding the cenotaph for all visitors, including wheelchair users, who wish to pay their respects.
The works are due to start on 17 September and will be completed in October, with minimum disruption caused to local residents.
Work will include:
- Repair works to the memorial, including
- Removal of existing small bushes
- Cutting back of overgrown trees
- Additional paving to provide better viewing opportunities.
Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for assets, said: “100 years ago, the bloodiest conflict that the world had ever known was drawing to a close. Monuments such as this not only serve to recognise but also to commemorate the huge sacrifices that people from our area and elsewhere made at the time.
“We’re carrying out these vital works to prepare the monument for the 100 year celebrations and to preserve it so that future generations can use the site as a place to reflect on past losses.”
Following these works, there will be an event to mark the 100 year Armistice Day celebration in November which is being organised by the Armed Forces Group Cleethorpes.