Ceremony unveils new war memorial

New war memorial unveiling at Newbiggin by the Sea. Picture by Bob Arkle.
New war memorial unveiling at Newbiggin by the Sea. Picture by Bob Arkle.

Pipes and drums led a march through Newbiggin-by-the-Sea on Sunday to commemorate the unveiling of a new war memorial.

The memorial honours the men from Newbiggin and nearby North Seaton who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

Taking the salute as the parade marched past was Lord Lieutenant Colonel John Anderson, accompanied by Mark Coleman, station commander at RAF Boulmer.

Keith Laws, county chairman of the Royal British Legion (Northumbria branch) said: “It was delightful to see so many people attend the service, which has been the culmination of two years’ worth of work.

“It has been an honour to be involved in such a project and I would urge people to take the time to visit St Bartholomew’s Church to take a look at the special book of remembrance created to give a brief insight into each of the fallen from both world wars.

“The service was very moving and made more special by the attendance of veterans and villagers.”

Memorial stones at the new site have been crafted by Art of Stone in Blyth, with Mark Topping hand carving each of the military badges to add the final detail to the dedication.

Mr Laws added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the project, which includes hours of dedicated research and, of course, special thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund who made this possible.”