Norfolk

Norwich restored war memorial rededicated

Dedication of the restored war memorial in Norwich
Image caption Veterans have waited six years for the restoration

A newly-restored £2.6m war memorial in Norfolk has been rededicated with a blessing and prayers as part of the annual Armistice Day ceremony.

The memorial and gardens in St Peter's Street, Norwich, had been closed to the public since 2004.

Money for the restoration came from the Homes and Communities Agency, the government's national housing and regeneration body.

Veterans said they were proud and pleased the memorial had been finished.

The chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich Combined Ex-Servicemen's Association and the Royal Signals Association, Brian Wilson, said: "It looks magnificent and I think everyone concerned has done a brilliant job."

The president of the Norwich branch of the Royal British Legion, Victor Howe, said: "The memorial has been restored with great carefulness and sensitivity.

"It reflects appropriately the honour and respect the people of the city of Norwich and county of Norfolk have for the service personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of this country. May God bless them."

The leader of Norwich City Council, Steve Morphew, said: "The refurbishment and reopening of the war memorial has been a long time coming and it is fantastic to see this project bearing fruit."

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