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Bury St Edmunds’ South African War Memorial on Cornhill to undergo cleaning and repair works





A war memorial in Bury St Edmunds which has found itself in a ‘sorry state’ is to be repaired.

The South African War Memorial on Cornhill is to undergo cleaning and repair works in a project managed by Bury St Edmunds Town Trust.

At a meeting last month, the town council approved funding of £12,500 which will go towards the project – expected to cost about £25,000. The trust is also looking to secure funding from elsewhere.

The South African War Memorial in Bury St Edmunds is to undergo cleaning and repair works. Picture: Mark Westley
The South African War Memorial in Bury St Edmunds is to undergo cleaning and repair works. Picture: Mark Westley
The Royal British Legion Bury St Edmunds Branch holds an annual remembrance service. Picture: Mark Westley
The Royal British Legion Bury St Edmunds Branch holds an annual remembrance service. Picture: Mark Westley

Jonathan Lloyd, chairman of the town trust, said: “It may not be a building, but it’s part of the heritage of the town.

“It’s a statue which needs regular upkeep and it hasn’t been done for a number of years.”

The memorial, constructed in 1904, pays tribute to the 193 men of the Suffolk Regiment who died during the Boer War.

The project is being managed by the Bury St Edmunds Town Trust. Pictured: Jonathan Lloyd, chairman of the trust and vice chairwoman, Aoife O’Gorman. Picture: Mark Westley
The project is being managed by the Bury St Edmunds Town Trust. Pictured: Jonathan Lloyd, chairman of the trust and vice chairwoman, Aoife O’Gorman. Picture: Mark Westley
The project will cost about £25,000 and take about a week to complete. Picture: Mark Westley
The project will cost about £25,000 and take about a week to complete. Picture: Mark Westley

Some of the works, which will take about a week, include steam cleaning the entire bronze to remove surface dirt and general build up of pollutants, fill any fissures and remove some of the green staining as far as possible.

The Royal British Legion Bury St Edmunds Branch holds an annual remembrance service at the memorial.

Chairman Nigel Wolstenholme said: “I think if it was maintained and cleaned every year it would be a lot better but it’s been allowed to get into a sorry state over a few years.

The memorial pays tribute to those who died in the Boer War. Picture: Mark Westley
The memorial pays tribute to those who died in the Boer War. Picture: Mark Westley
Some of the works include steam cleaning the entire bronze to remove surface dirt and general build up of pollutants, fill any fissures, and remove some of the green staining as far as possible. Picture: Mark Westley
Some of the works include steam cleaning the entire bronze to remove surface dirt and general build up of pollutants, fill any fissures, and remove some of the green staining as far as possible. Picture: Mark Westley

“We honestly believe that we should remember all of the sacrifices of those who put themselves between us here and danger.”