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Town’s war memorial given timely clean-up ahead of First World War centenary commemoration

PUBLISHED: 10:14 20 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:14 20 October 2018

Ben Boydell and Reece Simons of VariBlast have been giving the Great Yarmouth War Memorial a deep clean. Picture: Joseph Norton

Ben Boydell and Reece Simons of VariBlast have been giving the Great Yarmouth War Memorial a deep clean. Picture: Joseph Norton

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Great Yarmouth’s War Memorial has undergone a deep clean to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Reece Simons of VariBlast cleaning the Great Yarmouth War Memorial. Picture: Joseph NortonReece Simons of VariBlast cleaning the Great Yarmouth War Memorial. Picture: Joseph Norton

The town’s memorial won a competition ran by VariBlast, a specialist cleaning company based in Framingham Pigot, after they promised to clean three war memorials for free.

Sprowston War Memorial and Dereham War Memorial were the two other lucky winners of the competition who will be given a timely clean-up.

VariBlast is offering the service to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Manager of the cleaning company, Ben Boydell, 33, said: “It gives us great job satisfaction to be able to clean such a huge piece of history for the town. Everyone has been really pleased to see the work we have done so far.

The Great Yarmouth War Memorial given a timely clean-up. Picture: Joseph NortonThe Great Yarmouth War Memorial given a timely clean-up. Picture: Joseph Norton

“It helps us to appreciate the history behind the memorial and gives us a great sense of patriotism.”

Business founder, Warren Farrow, 34, said the company has faced a challenging 10 years but “would like to give something back to the Norfolk community and those who gave so much some 100 years ago”.

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