Wadebridge war memorial to light up once again
WADEBRIDGE'S war memorial (pictured) will be illuminated for the first time in three years at a ceremony this afternoon.
The lights at the Coronation Park memorial were switched off by the town council in 2010 due to rising electricity costs but now, with the help of the Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN), they will be powered by green energy in time for Remembrance Sunday.
The cost of running the lights for the war memorial had risen to nearly £1,000 by 2010; a price which proved too much for Wadebridge Town Council, and the supply was disconnected.
WREN's Stephen Frankel said it was later discovered the energy company involved was charging too much.
"It turns out the previous supplier, one of the big six energy companies, had been overcharging by more than 1,000 per cent, as the true costs of running the two 70 watt bulbs is under £80 per year.
"We were keen to see the memorial reconnected to green energy, and were delighted renewable electricity supplier Good Energy was willing to help and now the company supplies the memorial with renewable electricity. Western Power Distribution has also been very helpful in reconnecting the supply in time for the ceremony.''
John Rippe, of the Whiterock Residents' Association, who has been the main driver behind the ceremony, said: "We were saddened the lights had to be turned off in 2010 but do appreciate the charges were just too high.
"We had been looking for a solution since then and are delighted WREN is able to put the lights back on again for us. We are also delighted this has been done in time for both Remembrance Sunday and the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War."
The war memorial was designed by Charles Derry, a Wadebridge man, and unveiled by the Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall on June 28, 1922.
Wadebridge Town Council won a National Lottery Fund Award in 2007 to refurbish the park, and added the lighting.
The ceremony at 4.45pm today is organised by the Whiterock Residents' Association, Wadebridge Town Council and the RBL.
There will be brief talks, from a representative of the Whiterock Residents' Association, the Wadebridge mayor Tony Rush and the Royal British Legion. These will be followed by a blessing, a reading by a student from Wadebridge School, the Last Post, and the ceremony will be concluded by Charles Edward-Collins, Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall.
A community bus will be available to pick up residents from the Platt at 4pm and 4.30pm.