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Walter Tull memorial gets makeover

The famous memorial to black footballer and war hero Walter Tull at Sixfields, Northampton is getting a new lick of paint.

Our photographer spotted Kettering stonemasons AJ Mills working on the distinctive lettering on the memorial in blazing sunshine on Sunday.

The lettering is carefully masked and sprayed, before the excess paint is carefully buffed away.

The memorial wall was unveiled in 1999 to mark the extraordinary life of Tull, who not only was one of the first black British professional footballers but also an officer in the army. He was killed in action during the first world war aged just 29.

Work on the memorial wall should be completed this week.

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