‘We won’t let it fade’: bereaved call for UK Covid memorial to be preserved

  • Thread starter Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent
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Group who meet weekly to refresh wall of hearts in London want specialist lacquer applied to memorial

Few memorials require restoration before they are complete, but that is the reality facing the bereaved who care for the national Covid memorial wall opposite the Houses of Parliament in London.

Armed with pots of crimson masonry paint, they have started refreshing the wall of more than 150,000 hearts, many of which are already fading in the sun and rain. They also have the sad task of adding 5,000 more, to catch up with the still-rising death toll. Like the pandemic, there is no end in sight. But soon, sections could be preserved using a specialist lacquer that has previously been deployed to protect street art by Banksy to create a memorial that could stand for years to come.

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