The Royal British Legion has praised care home bosses for protecting and restoring a town’s war memorial.
The Legion has applauded Acacia Care and the contractors for ensuring the portico survived intact after the former Cottage Hospital in Market Harborough was demolished to make space for a new 70-bedroom care home.
The Grade II listed portico – an entrance formed by columns – was the only part of the former hospital, in Coventry Road, not to be demolished to make way for the Rosewood Manor care home, which opened earlier this month.
The portico and plaques featuring the names of the 1,655 Harborough soldiers who served in the First World War form part of the new building.
There are red crosses beside the names of the 254 people who lost their lives.
John Morley, president of the Market Harborough branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “It stands out so well now against the new background.
“I would like to pay tribute to the contractors for the way they protected it throughout the redevelopment of the site and tidied it all up.
“It’s in a really wonderful state now and it does like splendid and I hope people will take the time to go down there, whether they have a loved one who is remembered there or not, just to go down and see what a wonderful job the contractors and the home and everyone else has done.”
Great care was taken to protect the Portico during the building work.
Sarah-Lou Haskins, of Acacia Care, said: “We’re really really proud of it and it’s a huge part of the community. It’s very, very important that it needs to be honoured and remembered.
“It’s beautiful and we are so proud to be able to have it as part of Rosewood and within the grounds for the community to share.
“Our foreman Matthew he has been fantastic and very delicate, making sure that the war memorial is maintained and is beautiful.”
The former hospital in Coventry Road, known as the Cottage Hospital, was sold to Sterling Rose Care by NHS Property Services for £1.35 million.
Clinical services moved out of the hospital in March 2017 after the opening of the nearby £7.5 million St Luke’s Treatment Centre in Leicester Road.