The last remaining cash held by the Royal British Legion Club (Penarth) Ltd (now in the process of being wound up) has been donated towards the cost of the refurbishment and preservation of the cenotaph in Alexandra Gardens .
The British Legion Club had always been a separate entity from the main Royal British Legion charity and traded as a private company when it owned and ran the former British Legion premises in Station Approach, Penarth.
At the end of 2014 it was announced that the British Legion Club premises would be closed down and sold off .
There was a last-ditch effort the following year (2015) by some 60 of the 400 member-shareholders of the club to stave-off the closure, but in the end the sale went ahead. The resultant proceeds were distributed to the members who were, as shareholders, the owners of the building .
It so happens that a small additional sum of money had been put by for contingencies but, as that balance was not called upon, it has now been donated to the Vale of Glamorgan Council to go towards the public cost of carrying out refurbishment of the cenotaph prior to the commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War due to he held in November this year.
British Legion Penarth Club officials met representatives of the Vale of Glamorgan Council including Cabinet member Cllr Geoffrey Cox at the cenotaph on Friday to hand over a cheque understood to be for about £2,000 – comprising the outstanding balance in the club’s accounts.
The cenotaph was designed by the distinguished architect Goscombe John and bears the most complete record there is of all those people from Penarth who died in the two world wars and in subsequent conflicts.
The memorial is a white granite obelisk with a bronze “Victory” figure on the prow of a ship facing the sea .
The memorial was originally unveiled on 11 November 1924. However over the years weather and time have stained the cenotaph making some of the names inscribed upon it hard to read .