Memorial Arch in Bangor opens its doors to public
- 7 November 2011
- From the section North West Wales
A landmark war memorial commemorating those from north Wales who died in World War I has opened its doors to the public.
The Memorial Arch in Bangor, which was completed in 1923, was recently restored following an appeal for funds.
Its first floor is lined with oak panels inscribed with the names of more than 8,500 soldiers, sailors and airmen who died.
It is open during remembrance week from 7-13 November (10:00 - 16:00 GMT).
Royal British Legion members have volunteered to supervise the monument, which is within the Bangor University campus on Deiniol Road, for the week.
"The Memorial Arch is a highly moving tribute to those from across north Wales who gave their lives during the First World War," said Bryn Hughes, secretary of the Bangor and district branch of the Royal British Legion and deputy mayor of Bangor.
"As we approach the anniversary of the start of the First World War, we are delighted to work with the university so that people from across the region are able to visit and see this commemorative building for themselves."
As part of the appeal to restore the Grade II-listed arch, 400 letters were sent to out to people who might have interest in World War I or local history.
Posters were also placed on buses throughout the area highlighting the campaign, and a website set up which included a virtual tour of the inside.
Bangor University provided over half of the £200,000 required, while other funds came from historic monuments body Cadw, councils, the War Memorials Trust and other donations.