THE Rowley Village war memorial, which commemorates the lives of local men killed in the Great War, is to be restored to its former glory.

Rowley Regis residents can hear about the proposed restoration of a memorial to the men from Rowley Village who lost their lives in the Great War of 1914-18.

The memorial in St Giles Churchyard is badly eroded with names no longer readable and the base and surrounding area is damaged.

The state of the war memorial was raised at the Rowley Regis Forum where it was taken up by lead member Councillor Barbara Price and gained funding for restoration.

A working group, comprising of local church wardens, Sandwell Council and the church's vicar Rev Ian Shelton, has committed to restore the memorial to its former glory and preserving the names of the fallen on more durable granite slabs.

Councillor Price said: "We are delighted that Sandwell Council and St Giles Church have been able to work together on this project.

"It is so important to honour the names of these young men, some who were barely out of their teens, who lost their lives nearly 100 years ago." 

 Rev Shelton said he was delighted at the restoration.

He said: "It will honour not only those locally who bravely served their country in the past, but those who today, and in the future give their lives so we might live in liberty and freedom." 

A public information session that will give details of the restoration will take place at Rowley Regis Church Hall, Hawes Lane on Tuesday February 5 from 10am to 7pm.