Posted 15 August 2012 - 06:47 PM
Does anyone know if there are plans in and around Mons to do up and clean the important sites around the town?
I ask having visited a number of them last weekend, and was slightly less than underwhelmed.
On either side of the road at Casteau are plaques commemmorating the first and last shots of the war (so far as the British are concerned). The first shot plaque is high on a plinth, in need of a clean, and difficult to read. If you can find somewhere to park, there is a main road to cross, taking one's life in one's hands, to see the plaque marking the last shot. It is on the wall of an apparently long closed hotel, and also needs a good clean.
The plaque to the unknown Middlesex soldier who held off the Germans at Obourg Station is more difficult. If you follow your satnav, you drive miles through a cement works. You then get to a brick wall, with the plaque mounted on it. That is all there is. If you cross the railway, via the footbridge, the conrete on some of the steps has given way and is dangerous.
At Nimy, the plaques under the railway bridge to mark the first two VCs awarded are also in need of a clean. There is a path up the side of the embankment to the railway bridge (was I trespassing?) and a footpath alongside the tracks. the concrete there also doesn't feel safe.
There are a further two memorials at La Bascule. Again, there is nowhere to park and both could do with a clean.
Surely something is to be done to renovate these important places and memorials?