Residents raise cash for benches

One of the benches that has been purchased to commemorate WW1.
One of the benches that has been purchased to commemorate WW1.

A residents association has commemorated the 23 men from their village who lost their lives at war, with the erection of a series of benches.

Seaton Sluice Old Hartley Residents’ Association started a project last year to raise enough funds to be able to install a bench on the green where the village’s war memorial is situated.

But the project was such a success that the group raised more than £4,000 which has enabled them to provide six benches as part of the First World War project to mark the outbreak of the war.

The group’s treasurer, Liz Parkin, said: “We are thrilled to announce the successful completion of the bench project.

“Thanks to the generosity of local residents, local and national businesses, the Methodist Church and Greggs Foundation NE, the Association has been able to provide six benches commemorating the 23 men on our War Memorial, while providing much-needed seating in the War Memorial park.

“Thank you to the residents of the village who came and supported the various events and enabled us to provide the benches so quickly.”