Memorial by ex-pupil

Graeme Mitcheson's memorial monument in Staffordshire.
Graeme Mitcheson's memorial monument in Staffordshire.

A former Ashington High School pupil has unveiled a memorial honouring those who served in the Royal Navy.

Graeme Mitcheson has spent 18 months creating the monument featuring a bowed figure of a sailor facing the setting sun, at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The design has three coloured glass panels symbolising sails, which reflect the seas and oceans on which the Navy serve.

Graeme said: “When the sun shines through the glass panels the light reflects onto the white granite terrace.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to work with the Royal Naval Association on this ambitious project.”

The artwork was commissioned by the Royal Naval Association and unveiled during a ceremony by Prince Michael of Kent in front of 1,500 veterans, and is the first memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum to commemorate those with a link to the Navy.

Graeme was also the artist behind the Bobby Robson Memorial Garden near St James’ Park.