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Here’s why Nottingham’s new war memorial is fenced off just weeks after it opened

By Sharon Hodkin

The landmark new war memorial in Nottingham which was opened by royalty at the end of June is currently out of bounds.

The Duke of Kent, Prince Edward, formally unveiled the memorial on Victoria Embankment, in the Meadows, which names 13,501 people from Nottinghamshire who died in the First World War.

As well as the thousands killed in the trenches of Europe, names are also engraved of Victoria Cross winners, those who died in the Chilwell Shell Filling Disaster, people killed in the Nottingham Zeppelin raid and those who were shot at dawn by their own army.

The fencing around the newly-opened war memorial (15102723)
The fencing around the newly-opened war memorial (15102723)

But work to install new lighting and a permanent pathways around the memorial still needed to be carried out after the royal unveiling.

So the Labour-run Nottingham City Council, which worked with the Conservative-led Nottinghamshire County Council to bring the ambitious project together, has had to close the area to the public while the work is carried out.

A spokesman for the city council said: “We’re delighted to announce that the final development works to the new First World War Memorial at Victoria Embankment have started.

“The works, which include the installation of lighting and application of a permanent bonded surface to the pathways will take three weeks to complete and will ensure the memorial is more accessible during the winter months and inclement weather.

“This does mean that the Memorial will be closed to the public during this time and we hope you’ll visit again once it reopens.”

Work started last week and the memorial is expected to re-open to the public on Monday, August 26.


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