Art celebrates iron and engine works

GLO - BED - RAIL, a sculpture erected in Bedlington Station to commemorate the Bedlington Engine and Ironworks, 1736-1867. Picture by Paul Appleby of Choppington.
GLO - BED - RAIL, a sculpture erected in Bedlington Station to commemorate the Bedlington Engine and Ironworks, 1736-1867. Picture by Paul Appleby of Choppington.
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A new piece of artwork has been commissioned to commemorate the significacnce of Bedlington iron and engine works.

Glo-Bed-Rail as been designed by the acclaimed local artist Tom Maley, whose works include the immortalisation of Sir Bobby Robson in Bronze and Robin of Pegswood, and sits at the entrance of the Free Wood at Furnace Bridge.

The sculpture has been commissioned by Bedlingtonshire Parish Council to commemorate the development of malleable steel rail track and its impact on worldwide travel.

This gateway feature completes a Heritage and Well Being project which also includes the first outdoor gym to be installed in south eastNorthumberland.

It also completes the re-launch of the Sounding Out Bedlington heritage trail.

Environment champion, Coun Allan Stewart, said: “The significance of the Iron and Engine Works in railway history cannot be over estimated and the Parish Council are proud to honour the achievements of our ancestors.”

The official launch of the new sculpture will take place at 11am on Sunday, June 16, when MP Ian Lavery will unveil the commemorative plaque.

The ceremony in the Free Wood will then be followed by a Heritage talk by local historian Barry Mead.