New benches installed in Blyth town centre

Two new benches have been installed in Blyth town centre to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 8:00 am
Coun Gordon Webb on one of the benches in Blyth town centre.

The benches, on Elfin Walk at the west end of the Market Square near to the Submariners Memorial, have been specially designed showing silhouettes of military aircraft, warships and soldiers together with the VE Day 75 years mark.

Coun Gordon Webb, a county councillor and Blyth Town councillor, used his Blyth Town Council Councillor's Small Schemes Allowance to pay for them.

He said: “I wanted to do something in recognition of VE day as Blyth was an important submarine base during both World Wars.

“It’s really important to remember the town’s history and also to honour those from Blyth that paid the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.”

Indeed, the submarine base, HMS Elfin was situated in the town’s South Harbour and many secret operations and patrols were started from there due to its easy access to the North Sea.

In 2017, Blyth Town Council recognised its important role in the town’s history by placing a Blue Plaque on the site of the old submarine base.