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Lotto cash to restore Warrenpoint Park's lost grandeur

BY LINDA STEWART

An Edwardian park that once drew the crowds in Warrenpoint is to be restored to its former glory thanks to a grant for almost £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Warrenpoint Park was one of 15 historic parks and cemeteries across the UK to receive Lottery funding this week.

The park was opened in 1906, but many of its original features are deteriorating and in danger of being lost for good.

The new restoration plans drawn up by Newry and Mourne District Council will safeguard the future of historical features such as the listed bandstand and the 1930s pavilion, which is to be restored.

Gardens, paths and walkways throughout the park are to be regenerated and more recent additions are to be modernised.

Announcing the £932,000 award, head of HLF Northern Ireland, Paul Mullan, said: "This vital funding will ensure the local community will be able to continue enjoying this historic park for years to come. It is a terrific boost for the area and we are delighted to be involved."

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