A soldier's widow is calling for better care of the Grimsby Cenotaph, which is currently covered in green algae.

Kerry Telford's husband Sergeant Matthew Telford was killed serving in Afghanistan in November 2009. She says an annual clean ahead of Remembrance Sunday is not enough, as people want to remember their relatives all year round.

According to those who regularly visit the area, it is often also covered in litter.

It needs to be looked after all year round, not just for one Sunday in the year at Remembrance Sunday. It is important to keep it looking tidy and approachable. It is not just for one day a year.

Kerry Telford

Last year North East Lincolnshire Council received a £10,000 National Lottery grant to carry out restoration works and repairs. The council says further cleaning of the statue, which was built in 1923 from white marble, would result in damaging the stonework.

We’re sorry to hear these complaints about the Grimsby Cenotaph. The monument is delicate and can only be cleaned once a year, usually in late October or early November. Cleaning it more often would damage the stonework. The recent spell of dull, wet weather can encourage moss to grow. This will be removed when we clean the cenotaph in the next few weeks.

North East Lincolnshire Council spokesperson