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Gateshead Cenotaph restored

Cenotaph

Restoration work has been completed to restore the historic Gateshead Cenotaph which honours those who lost their lives in the two World Wars.

The grade II listed war memorial, located on at the junction of Prince Consort Road and Durham Road, has been cleaned, repaired and unveiled in time for events to mark Remembrance Sunday this weekend.

Visitors to the cenotaph may notice that its appearance has slightly changed. The 33 feet high structure was covered in a light coating of cement to protect the structure in the 1970s giving the memorial its familiar grey appearance.

However, as much of the shelter coat was becoming loose most of it has been removed revealing a rich, sandy coloured stone with a high iron content leading to a red appearance.  The whole monument has been repointed in lime, to protect it from further decay, so it will also look brighter for a couple of years until it weathers in.

Councillor Linda Green, Cabinet Member for Communities and Volunteering said: "It's fitting that the memorial is looking its best in time for the Remembrance events this weekend. Great care has been taken to restore the memorial to preserve it for generations to come."

Restoration work has also taken place to other war memorials in Dunston and Birtley.

Remembrance Day commemorations will bring to a close four years of commemorations of the First World War. The events will culminate in the laying of a wreath at the cenotaph on Sunday 11 November and at war memorials throughout Gateshead.

 

07 November 2018

Restoration work has been completed to restore the historic Gateshead Cenotaph which honours those who lost their lives in the two World Wars.

The grade II listed war memorial, located on at the junction of Prince Consort Road and Durham Road, has been cleaned, repaired and unveiled in time for events to mark Remembrance Sunday this weekend.

Visitors to the cenotaph may notice that its appearance has slightly changed. The 33 feet high structure was covered in a light coating of cement to protect the structure in the 1970s giving the memorial its familiar grey appearance.

However, as much of the shelter coat was becoming loose most of it has been removed revealing a rich, sandy coloured stone with a high iron content leading to a red appearance.  The whole monument has been repointed in lime, to protect it from further decay, so it will also look brighter for a couple of years until it weathers in.

Councillor Linda Green, Cabinet Member for Communities and Volunteering said: "It's fitting that the memorial is looking its best in time for the Remembrance events this weekend. Great care has been taken to restore the memorial to preserve it for generations to come."

Restoration work has also taken place to other war memorials in Dunston and Birtley.

Remembrance Day commemorations will bring to a close four years of commemorations of the First World War. The events will culminate in the laying of a wreath at the cenotaph on Sunday 11 November and at war memorials throughout Gateshead.

 

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