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May 25, 2009 6:22 PM

Work has started to return Newburn's war memorial to its former glory.

Expert stonemasons MGM Ltd have been called in to carry out the repairs, which follows a campaign by the Lib Dems to restore the memorial.

Councillor Mike Lynch and the local Focus Team secured £15,000 of funding to ensure the project goes ahead.

The War Memorial Trust has contributed £7,000, the city council £7,000 and the Newburn Ward Committee £1,000.

Another £7,000 has been secured from the Sir James Knott Trust. The city council will also help towards the cost of new lighting and fencing.

Councillor Mike Lynch says: "I am pleased this work has started.

"In 2014 we will see the centenary of the start of the World War I and I am glad this memorial will be restored before then."