Johnstown Cenotaph renovated for war centenery

Published date: 02 April 2014 |
Published by: Rory Sheehan
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A CENOTAPH has benefited from a full renovation in time for the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.

The Grade II listed monument in Johnstown has been cleaned and refurbished ahead of events to mark the milestone anniversary of the Great War in August.

Rhos Community Council clerk Wendy Owens said the cenotaph dates back to 1925 and was listed by Welsh heritage body Cadw in 1996.

“But with its location close to the road, grime has built up over the years and it just needed a good clean,” Mrs Owens said

The cenotaph depicts St Michael standing with a sword above a slain dragon.

Work to spruce up the memorial was completed on Monday and Rhos councillor Paul Pemberton was delighted with the finished result, after years of trying to organise it.

Cllr Pemberton said the work is done and is now in “pristine condition and sparkling” for the commemoration of the First World War.

“We have done it especially for the occasion because the community council believed it was important it didn’t look old and decrepit for the big occasion,” he said. “It now looks stunning.

“Three of four years ago, we tried to apply for some money from the War Memorial Trust, but decided to do it ourselves in the end to ensure it got done. We put aside the money for it some time ago, and work is being done to the cenotaph in Rhos as well. Altogether it has cost us about £6,500.”

Family-run Mossford’s Memorials in Ruabon have carried out the work.

Stonemason, Russell Jones, worked on the cenotaph with his father 25 years ago, and completed the current work alongside his own son.

He said: “It’s nice three generations of the same family have worked on the cleaning of this cenotaph. It hasn’t been a difficult job. It’s taken us about three days.

“I was really pleased to come back and do it again because I had prior knowledge of it, and it brings back memories.”

Work has begun on the refurbishment of the cenotaph in Rhos.

Cllr Wendy Owens said: “The Rhos cenotaph is also Grade II listed, but will need more work, as it is starting to crack and will need some re-lettering, but it should be in excellent condition for the time of the anniversary.”

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