ONE of Swadlincote’s most well known landmarks is to disappear – for repair work as part of a £500,000 refurbishment.
The War Memorial Gates at Eureka Park will be taken away temporarily by a metalwork contractor who will remove the many layers of paint, straighten and repair any damaged metalwork as well as replace any missing parts.
The plaques naming the people who died in the First and Second World Wars will also be taken down for a short period so that they can be refurbished.
The War Memorial Gate restoration work is being carried out by South Derbyshire District Council as part of the wider restoration of Eureka Park. This is being funded through a £547,316 grant awarded from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund through their Parks for People programme.
The existing memorial was developed in April 1923 which involved the construction of a set of Memorial Gates designed by architect Mr A W Brewhill, FRIBA. They were completed in 1926 and handed over to the Recreation Grounds Committee of the Swadlincote Urban District Council. They were dedicated in 1933.
Councillor Bob Wheeler, leader of South Derbyshire District Council said: ”Each year, the War Memorial Gates are the focus of Swadlincote’s Remembrance Sunday ceremony. It is important that we never forget their significance.
“We plan to carry out a rededication ceremony to mark the completion of the restoration of the gates and to honour those who fell in both of the world wars.”
The gates will be returned in approximately six weeks.
In addition to the metalwork, the area at the front of the gates will be resurfaced and new kerbs fitted. The avenue footpath running in to Eureka Park from the gates will be resurfaced to create a better backdrop to the gates.