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Exquisitely-carved figures feature on town’s restored war memorial

PUBLISHED: 10:08 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:21 29 October 2018

Cromer's restored war memoral. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

Cromer's restored war memoral. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

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The memory of Cromer people who died in battle will live on thanks to a newly-restored war memorial.

A figure of St George and the Dragon, before the restoration on Cromer's restored war memoral. Picture: COURTESY OF DAVID PRITCHARDA figure of St George and the Dragon, before the restoration on Cromer's restored war memoral. Picture: COURTESY OF DAVID PRITCHARD

The memorial in front of Cromer Parish Church is due to be unveiled and rededicated on Saturday, November 10 by Lord Charles Townshend, a descendant of the Lord Townshend who originally unveiled the monument in 1921.

The memorial has undergone over £42,000 worth of work which includes the carving of five figures – St George slaying a dragon, an airman, an infantryman, a sailor and a Red Cross nurse.

David Pritchard, town mayor, said: “No longer is it a First World War memorial with the names of 86 men but it is also a war memorial with the 35 names of Second World War and subsequent conflicts including Corporal Stephen Bolger who died in 2009 whilst serving with the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan.

“The town must be proud and grateful to every man who is named on the memorial as they gave their life for their country, for their family and for our today.”

A figure of a soldier on Cromer's restored war memoral. Picture: STUART ANDERSONA figure of a soldier on Cromer's restored war memoral. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

Proceedings will start at 1.30pm, beginning with a service in the church. There will be readings of First World War poems and performances by the Cromer and Sheringham Brass Band and soprano Miss Zaira Palumbo.

A figure of an airman on Cromer's restored war memoral. Picture: STUART ANDERSONA figure of an airman on Cromer's restored war memoral. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

A restored figure of St George and the Dragon on Cromer's restored war memoral. Picture: STUART ANDERSONA restored figure of St George and the Dragon on Cromer's restored war memoral. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

A figure of a sailor on Cromer's restored war memoral. Picture: STUART ANDERSONA figure of a sailor on Cromer's restored war memoral. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

A figure of a Red Cross nurse on Cromer's restored war memoral. Picture: STUART ANDERSONA figure of a Red Cross nurse on Cromer's restored war memoral. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

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