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Gate repairs begin in time for anniversary

The lorry which brought down the memorial arch in April
The lorry which brought down the memorial arch in April

Repairs to the Avenue of Remembrance in Herne Bay Memorial Park have finally begun. Damage was originally caused by a clumsy lorry driver who collided with the gate and stonework in April. The incident left the remembrance sign snapped in two, and the metal sign commemorating 1918, the year the First World War ended, also had to be removed.

After concerns expressed by Vince McMahan, repairs being carried out on the Avenue of Remembrance sign damaged by a lorry crash
After concerns expressed by Vince McMahan, repairs being carried out on the Avenue of Remembrance sign damaged by a lorry crash

In May, campaigner Vince McMahan raised fears that the repair work would not be carried out in time for the centenary of the beginning of the conflict. But last Friday work started to repair the signage and restore the memorial to its former glory. Council spokesman Robert Davies said:

“The concrete pillar is the first to be repaired and once that is complete and settled, the archway sign will be put back up. We hope to have this finished by mid-July.”

Herne Bay Gazette, July 3rd 2014

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