The Malton War Memorial has undergone a thorough transformation to mark the 100 years since the ending of World War 1.
Proposals for the refurbishment of the Memorial were originally put forward in 2012 by the Malton & Norton Rotary Club and gained support from Malton Town Council, Fitzwilliam Estate, the Malton, Norton & District Lions Club, Norton Town Council and the Malton, Norton and District Branch of the Royal British Legion.
J Rotherham’s of York have installed a new plaque containing names from the first and second world wars which were omitted from the original plaques and the addition of a soldier killed in 1971.
Malton Fitzwilliam Estate have carried out a deep clean of the stone work which has been brought back to “like new” condition. The paved surface to the rear of the Memorial has been replaced by J J & A W Skeet & Sons.
Malton Fitzwilliam Estate have funded further work which will be carried out in September by the local firm TWS Fabrications and will see the railings around the memorial being reinstalled. The original railings were removed as scrap metal in 1940 to support the war effort.
The Mayor of Malton, Cllr Paul Andrews said: “I am delighted to see this wonderful restoration and transformation. It is quite incredible to see all the names of all these young men and know that they each made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives to protect democracy, the country and the future generations living now. It is a great testament to Malton that the town played such a significant part in both world wars and post war in military operations. .It is only right that our wonderful War Memorial be kept in a manner that befits its status to the fallen.”
Paul Farndale, Chairman of Malton, Norton & District British Legion said: “We are most fortunate here in Malton to have such an impressive Memorial which is much cherished by residents and the British Legion. This is a significant year, marking as it does the end of WW1 in November 1918.”
Malton Town Clerk Gail Cook said “This is a great example of the District and both Town Councils working with local organisations for the benefit of the community.”
A dedication of the new plaque was be carried by Sir Philip & Lady Isabella Naylor-Leyland on Sunday 16th September 2018 at 2pm at the Malton War Memorial.