Appeal for war details

The WW1 memorial in St Cuthbert's Church.
The WW1 memorial in St Cuthbert's Church.

A Blyth church is appealing for information, stories and photographs from the First World War.

St Cuthbert’s Parish Church is looking for help from residents for information about the conflict from 1914-18 and memorabilia so it can tell its story of a church at war.

As part of this year’s Heritage Open Days, which run from September 11 to 14, the church will be commemorating the centenary of the Great War with a series of displays.

Already, some fascinating details have been uncovered from church records, including an incident in 1916 when the congregation filed out of church at the warning of an approaching zeppelin raid.

On Saturday, April 12, from 2pm to 4pm the church is holding a public information exchange in the church hall next to Blyth police station.

The church is particularly keen to hear from any relatives who have family stories, photographs, items, or information, concerning the 34 members of their congregation who fell in the 1914–18 conflict.

Roy Hugman, who is putting the displays together, said: “This is a very special opportunity to honour those who gave so much and also to tell the story of the church.”