PAINSTAKING work to restore a Solihull monument to its former glory got underway this week.
The War Memorial - which stands outside St Alphege Church - is at the centre of the borough’s Remembrance Sunday ceremony. Now Solihull Council, working with Solihull Rotary Club, has hired a sculptor to restore the stonework.
Work is expected to take three or four weeks - during which time the memorial will be fenced off. Michael Scheuermann, a sculptor from south Germany, will be carrying out the work on the monument’s four reliefs.
“This is not a straight forward job, I’m going to be restoring details but have to make sure that I keep as much of the original work as I can,” explained the artisan.
“If you look at the figures you can’t tell what used to be a gas mask or water bottle. I’m going to put those finer details back and will be working to make sure that the soldiers look just like they did when they were first carved.”
Alex Mackie, from the Rotary club, is pleased that passers-by will soon have the chance to admire the original craftsmanship.
“Whoever did the relief was a real artist and there’s lots of little details which people walking past probably don’t see. It will wonderful to get those back.”
Cllr Kate Wild, cabinet member for community services and the environment, said: “It’s only weather which has brought the memorial to what it looks like today. Having it restored to its former glory will be absolutely superb and hopefully make it an even more significant feature for Solihull.”
* To hear more from the people behind the restoration project then watch our video at www.solihullnews.net.