A VANDALISED part of Catterick Garrison’s war memorial has been replaced thanks to an act of kindness by a firm of solicitors.

When the war memorial on the camp roundabout was officially unveiled in December 2018, it was a proud moment for the community and then Garrison Commander Lieutenant-Colonel Joe Jordan.

Last month in an act of vandalism, an information board which forms part of the memorial was badly damaged and the community was quick to condemn the actions of a mindless minority.

After some deft work by the Veterans Woodcraft team, a new information board was quickly constructed with the costs paid for by law firm Simpson Millar, which has recently opened an office in Catterick Garrison.

In a ceremony attended by representatives of Simpson Millar, the military, Veterans Woodcraft and members of the public, the new information board was officially unveiled by Steven Horsley from the law firm. Richmondshire District Council leader Angie Dale also attended.

Mr Horsley said: “We are delighted to be showing our support for the local community with the sponsorship of some sports kit for Catterick Boxing Club, and by funding the repairs of the Veterans Woodcraft information board.”

The firm has also given a cash boost to the local football and rugby teams.

Speaking after the ceremony, L/Col Jordan said: “After the board was vandalised I was incensed.

“We received countless messages of support from the community and the funding from Simpson Millar enabled Veterans Woodcraft to make the replacement information board. It looks splendid; they have done a great job.”

Rishi Sunak, MP for Richmond, congratulated everyone involved in the restoration of the information board.

He said: “I know how understandably upset many people were about what was done to the board and the hurt that was caused to those who created this most fitting memorial to those Garrison personnel who have served our country.

“I'd like to thank those who have given their support to the repair work on the memorial which I hope will be in future respected by everyone.”