Monument restored by New College Stamford pupils to honour war heroes

New College Stamford students helping to restore the Williamson Cliff War Memorial, from left Andrew Bannister, Jake Boothby, Ben Worth, Ian Redhead, brickwork technician, Adam Skinner, Jamie Smith and Sam Coupland
New College Stamford students helping to restore the Williamson Cliff War Memorial, from left Andrew Bannister, Jake Boothby, Ben Worth, Ian Redhead, brickwork technician, Adam Skinner, Jamie Smith and Sam Coupland
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A memorial commemorating people who served in the Second World War is being rebuilt years after it was knocked down.

New College Stamford students have helped construct the surround for the Williamson Cliff memorial at Stamford Cemetery in Little Casterton Road.

The memorial was salvaged from the former Williamson Cliff brickworks office in Casterton Road, Stamford, was demolished in 2004, by Barbara and Don Parker.

The couple both had uncles who served in the war and they spent months in 2004 and 2005 rescuing pieces of the memorial.

But the couple struggled to find the grants and the help needed to restore the memorial to its former glory so the pieces sat in their garage until Stamford town councillor Max Sawyer offered to help.

The memorial pieces will have to be painstakingly put back together and mounted on the new surround.

There will also be a roof, made from either Collyweston slate, blue slate or lead.

The names of six people who died during the war will be at the top with the remaining names below.

Coun Sawyer (Ind) said: “When it is finished, it will be the first thing people see when they walk into the cemetery and hopefully, it will be restored to its former glory. I am hoping we can get it finished in the next month or so.

“It is a very important piece of Stamford’s history.”

Coun Sawyer thanked the Level 1 brickwork students at the college who he said had shown a lot of interest in the project. He said: “A very heartfelt thank you for their good work and willingness.”

Director of learning at the college Gary McPartland said: “Restoring the Williamson Cliff Memorial is a great example of the hard work and efforts our students put into our local community, as well as a fantastic real life opportunity for students to work with experts to develop their skills.

“I am particularly pleased with the way local businesses - Herringbone Restoration and Jewsons, along with New College Stamford and 
town councillor Max 
Sawyer have all worked together to bring this project to life.”