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Memorial project gets £10k boost

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A scheme to spruce up the area’s war memorials has received a cash boost.

Elswick (Blyth) All Arms Association has handed over £10,000 to help refurbish Cowpen War Memorial.

Assistant Provincial Grand Master Donald Auld, from the Northumberland Provincial Executive, presented the money to Major Derek Fairbairn.

The money was donated to the Blyth War Memorials Project, run in partnership with the association and Blyth Town Council, which aims to renovate and repair Cowpen, Newsham and Ridley Park (Blyth) memorials.

It will be used along with £8,000 from other groups, such as Freemason Lodges and RAOB Cowpen Lodge, to refurbish the soldier, plaques and lettering on the memorial at Cowpen.

Work on the memorial at Newsham will start at the end of the month, while Ridley Park War Memorials work is already under way thanks to Blyth Town Council, which is funding a new approach and steps in granite, disabled access and wheelchair access.

The association has also funded a Garden of Remembrance beside the Submariners’ Memorial at St Mary’s Church. It features an engraved stone memorial with pillars and chain.

The works, which should all be completed in time for the Remembrance parades, are being carried out by local stonemason Art of Stone.

The association is appealing for anyone with information about names that are missing from the memorials to get in touch on 01670 361668.