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Work is set to start on a £280,000 refurbishment of Loughborough’s Carillon Tower in the centre of Southfields Ward. The war memorial, built after the First World War to commemorate the men of Loughborough who gave their lives for their country, will undergo a range of improvements including restoration work to improve the chiming of the bells at the top of the tower. Charnwood Borough Council is carrying out the refurbishment which will be complete in time for 11 November when the nation will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. In the next few weeks scaffolding will be put around the tower to allow the work to take place. This means that both the tower and the War Memorial Museum will be closed for 2018 and the regular recitals will be put on hold until after the work is finished. Cllr Jenny Bokor, the Council’s lead member for Loughborough, said: “The Carillon is the town’s war memorial and it is only fitting that as the nation commemorates 100 years since the end of the First World War we are able to carry out this significant refurbishment. I am particularly pleased we are also refurbishing the clavier, the instrument that plays the John Taylor Foundry bells so they will sound better than ever. The Carillon is incredibly important to the people of Loughborough and a fundamental part of the local skyline.” Local Southfields councillor Paul Mercer added: “The Carillon is such an important monument – not just because it reminds us of the men from Loughborough who have died in wars defending this country but because it is seen as a symbol of the town”. The Carillon is a grade two listed building. Construction was completed in 1923 and it is 150ft high. At the top are 47 bells, cast at John Taylor’s Bell Foundry in Loughborough, and the borough carillonneur, Caroline Sharpe, gives regular recitals. The refurbishment work will see the clavier fully restored with the striking elements of each bell refurbished by the foundry and there will also be some maintenance to the workings of the bells themselves. Repairs will be carried out on the stonework, copper roof, bronze memorial plaques, windows and doors. The war memorial carries the names of 686 men who died in both world wars and other conflicts.
Published and promoted by Paul Mercer, 58A Wards End, Loughborough LE11 3HB
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Work is set to start on a £280,000 refurbishment of Loughborough’s Carillon Tower in the centre of Southfields Ward. The war memorial, built after the First World War to commemorate the men of Loughborough who gave their lives for their country, will undergo a range of improvements including restoration work to improve the chiming of the bells at the top of the tower. Charnwood Borough Council is carrying out the refurbishment which will be complete in time for 11 November when the nation will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. In the next few weeks scaffolding will be put around the tower to allow the work to take place. This means that both the tower and the War Memorial Museum will be closed for 2018 and the regular recitals will be put on hold until after the work is finished. Cllr Jenny Bokor, the Council’s lead member for Loughborough, said: “The Carillon is the town’s war memorial and it is only fitting that as the nation commemorates 100 years since the end of the First World War we are able to carry out this significant refurbishment. I am particularly pleased we are also refurbishing the clavier, the instrument that plays the John Taylor Foundry bells so they will sound better than ever. The Carillon is incredibly important to the people of Loughborough and a fundamental part of the local skyline.” Local Southfields councillor Paul Mercer added: “The Carillon is such an important monument – not just because it reminds us of the men from Loughborough who have died in wars defending this country but because it is seen as a symbol of the town”. The Carillon is a grade two listed building. Construction was completed in 1923 and it is 150ft high. At the top are 47 bells, cast at John Taylor’s Bell Foundry in Loughborough, and the borough carillonneur, Caroline Sharpe, gives regular recitals. The refurbishment work will see the clavier fully restored with the striking elements of each bell refurbished by the foundry and there will also be some maintenance to the workings of the bells themselves. Repairs will be carried out on the stonework, copper roof, bronze memorial plaques, windows and doors. The war memorial carries the names of 686 men who died in both world wars and other conflicts.