WORK to restore a Buxton war memorial has begun this week - thanks to the generosity of the local community.
A fund-raising appeal to restore the memorial in the grounds of St Mary’s Church on Dale Road was launched last August after it was discovered that the structure was in a poor state.
It was moved sometime between 1938 and 1941 and when it was re-sited, no foundations were laid.
The work, which will involve taking down the memorial, rebuilding the base, putting in a new plinth and rebuilding the memorial cross, is being carried out by members of the 73 Engineer Regiment and 575 Squadron Royal Engineers as part of a pilot scheme where Army troops help out with community projects.
Several local businesses and residents have generously rallied round and donated the materials or expertise needed for the job, which is expected to take around two-and-a-half to three weeks.
Grants have also been received from the Bingham Trust and the Satterthwaite Trust.
Thanking everyone who has helped with the project, Mike Moore, a lay reader at St Mary’s Church and project manager for the scheme, said: “We’ve had a lot of help and support and we’re really grateful. The support we’ve received has been tremendous.”
A special re-dedication service at the war memorial is now being planned to take place on Remembrance Sunday in November.
575 Squadron is currently reforming a troop at Buxton’s Drill Hall and is seeking volunteers.
To find out more see www.army.mod.uk.