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Banbury war memorial gains new inscription

Banbury war memorial pays respect to the fallen.

A new inscription on Banbury’s war memorial pays tribute to men and women who have lost their lives in conflicts since World War Two.

The memorial, in People’s Park, is a Grade Two listed monument and was erected in 1922 after World War One.

A further inscription was added after the Second World War.

Now, the new wording pays respect to the recent fallen.

Cllr Kieron Mallon, leader of Banbury Town Council, said:

“To many people, Remembrance Day is about the two world wars – and rightly so – but conflicts since then have also resulted in the deaths of brave service men and women.

“Banbury’s war memorial now honours all those who have died serving their country.”

The new lettering was added during a makeover of the monument. Crumbling stonework has been repaired and paving stones and fencing are being renewed.

The work will be completed this summer.

The memorial is built of Portland Stone and consists of a wheel-head cross on a tapering shaft. The shaft rises from a square, tapering plinth.

The monument is surrounded by paving and ornamental railings that form an octagonal enclosure.

Cllr Mallon said:

“The memorial is a special place for many residents and the council has a duty to keep in it good condition. The work being done this year will ensure its future as the centrepiece at Remembrance Sundays for many years to come.”

The monument was awarded listed building status in 2015 by Historic England – and it was added to the list of Buildings of Special Historic Interest.

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