Saviour steps in to repair damaged war memorial for free

Former RAF wing commander Brian Jenkins and parish council chairman Alan Ball in front of the damaged war memorial

Former RAF wing commander Brian Jenkins and parish council chairman Alan Ball in front of the damaged war memorial

First published in News

A CHARITABLE Gazette reader, who read of a vandalised war memorial in last week’s paper, has stepped forward to offer to fix it free of charge.

David Priest, who works as a precision machinist and volunteers fixing steam engines on the Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line, is well placed to repair the damaged memorial in Sherfield-on-Loddon.

As reported, thieves targeted the memorial some time before Thursday, January 30, and attempted to rip a large bronze sword from its fixings, causing extensive damage.

Mr Priest, 43, said: “I was just so angry when I read about what had happened.

“It is absolutely disgusting – these people obviously have no regard for the memory of all the people who gave their lives for this country.

“I wanted to do something to help and I would be more than happy to repair the memorial myself.

“I have a lot of experience, and all the equipment we could possibly need at the Watercress Line.

“Hopefully, it will save the parish council a few hundred pounds as well – it shouldn’t be something they should have to pay for.”

Parish council chairman Alan Ball said the offer was “very kind” and added he would be in touch with Mr Priest.

He said: “We have had one quote so far, but that was for a few hundred pounds, and it would be fantastic if we could have it repaired for free. It is a very kind offer.”

Mr Priest said that the work would probably take a couple of days to complete.

He said: “It should be possible to make it look as if nothing happened – there is a special acid we can use which makes the bronze look weathered.”

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