Grantham

War memorial park to open after £1m refurbishment

A war memorial park in Grantham has been restored to its former glory after a one million pound refurbishment.

Wyndham Park, a memorial to World War One, will host a grand opening on September 9 after it was transformed.

It has been almost five years since the park was awarded £910,000 through the National Lottery fund.

A new visitor centre has been constructed at the park, with public toilets and reception facilities.

The Memorial Archway, shelter, model boat lake and the former ticket office have all been refurbished as part of the works.

Across the park there is new seating, signage, security cameras and lighting.

The Memorial Archway at the entrance of the park has also been refurbished.

To celebrate the grand opening of the park, there will be performances by a brass band, a drama society and a school of dance.

In keeping with the parks heritage, the Lincolnshire Voices of the Great War will be featuring personal stories from soldiers and families from World War One.

Other attractions include a chance to have a go at Brazilian dance fighting, as well as street entertainment and children’s activities.

Councillor Nick Robins, South Kesteven District Council, said: “This major project evokes the original design intent as Grantham’s World War One memorial park.

“The park will once again fulfil its role as a fitting memorial to those who sacrificed so much in the war.

“Everyone involved in this restoration project should be extremely proud of what has been achieved.”

Around 877,000 visited the park in 2017, but the park is now aiming to attract more than a million people next year.