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Exton war memorial in Rutland cleaned for first time in 100 years

A village war memorial has been cleaned for the first time in almost a century.

The memorial in Exton was first unveiled in 1922 by the Earl of Gainsborough in memory of his son and two nephews who died in the First World War.

It bears the names of 19 servicemen from Exton and Whitwell who lost their lives in the global conflict.

Exton war memorial being cleaned
Exton war memorial being cleaned

But over the years it has slowly gathered dirt, grime and algae to the point where the names were no longer visible.

Fortunately, Exton and Horn Parish Council received a £500 grant from the Leicester City, County and Rutland At Risk War Memorials Project to spruce it up.

They employed the specialist services of IMI (Independent Memorial Inspection) who used non-chemical steam-cleaning to remove the vast majority of the muck from the stonework.

Exton war memorial before and after cleaning
Exton war memorial before and after cleaning

Annette Oliver, parish clerk, said everyone was delighted with the results.

“We are very pleased,” she said. “We didn’t want it to look brand new because that defeats the whole point of the memorial but you couldn’t read the names, which seemed a bit sad. They can be clearly seen now, which is fantastic.”

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