The present Malton war memorial on the junction on Yorkersgate is now well over 100 years old.
Originally there was a simple stone plinth Memorial in the main square opposite St Michael’s Church, on which was mounted a cannon brought back from the Crimean war.
When the current memorial was built on the triangle of land in Yorkersgate, the 3.5-tonne cannon was manually wheeled up the road and placed on it, surrounded by the original cast-iron railings and with a metal plaque made by Ralph Yates in his iron foundry near the current Yates’s premises.
Read more about the history of the memorial here: www.maltonhistory.info/Topics/Topics/Topics/War-Memorial.php
Malton & Norton Rotary volunteered to be part of the recent restoration over the past two years, contributing to some of the research to add service names, restoring and painting the new railings, and supporting the team in the improvements to the benches, landscaping and planting.
On Sunday 8th November our community came together suitably physically distanced for the first Remembrance Sunday since the whole Memorial Project was completed.
Our Branch member Paulina, who has a close family member in service, laid our wreath ahead of the two-minute silence.