War memorial could get revamp
A war memorial could get a major revamp to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The cross, which was put up in the centre of Market Harborough in 1921, should get renovation and general cleaning, veterans have said.
It was given to the town by the War Memorial Committee in honour of the men who died during the 1914-18 conflict.
The memorial bears the names of 248 soldiers from Harborough who died in the war.
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It also serves as a tribute to all those from Market Harborough and Little and Great Bowden who served.
The call for an upgrade was made by the Market Harborough branch of the Royal British Legion.
District councillor Phil Knowles is now seeking money so the memorial can be surveyed and the work carried out.
He said: "I am pleased to be able to assist the Royal British Legion and have discussed the branch's request with a senior officer at Harborough District Council.
"In two years, we will see the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.
"It would be appropriate to have the memorial looking its best for the commemorations that will take place.
"Council officers have agreed to look into my request and to see what needs to be done. It may be as simple as a clean or a little tender loving care.
"We will know more once the investigation has been completed.
"I have expressed my thanks to the officers and look forward to hearing the results of the checks."
In September, a service was held in The Square to mark the memorial's 90th anniversary.
It was led by the Rev John Morley, the vice-chairman of the Royal British Legion branch.
He said: "The war memorial is not typical as it is dedicated solely to those who fought and died during the First World War.
"It holds a very special place in fabric of the community.
"For many years, it has been the focal point of Remembrance Sunday parades.
"It was also pivotal in the granting of the freedom of the district to the Royal Anglians and the march through town last year.
"We would support the seeking of funds to carry out work.
"But we would not like it to appear brand new – it is venerable and should look as such."
He said he hoped that any work would improve its appearance and increase its veneration by the people of the town.