Refurbishment of memorial for remembrance

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A refurbished war memorial was unveiled on Remembrance Day as part of a special service in Ashington.

Wreaths were laid at the newly refurbished Bothal War Memorial following a service in the nearby St Andrew’s Church.

The memorial was constructed in the early 1920s to commemorate the First World War and recognises 35 personnel who lost their lives in the conflict and a further 22 who were killed in the Second World War.

Ashington Town Council worked with representatives of St Andrew’s Church, the Royal British Legion, local historian David Wise and Welbeck Estates to clean and re-point the monument and replace the stone with a new inscribed York stone plaque.

The project was funded by Ashington Town Council, Pegswood Parish Council and Welbeck Estates.

Town clerk Mike Slaughter said: “Although the town council has no legal ownership or responsibility to maintain the memorial, a commitment was given to carry out the work as a goodwill gesture which we are delighted was fully completed in time for this year’s Remembrance Day.”

n Pictures of Remembrance Sunday events on pages 48 and 49.