War memorial makes it on to preservation list

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A war memorial will be preserved for the future after marking it onto a protection list to mark the centenary of the First World War

Public body Historic England has pledge to protect 2,500 memorials across the country by 2018, to commemorate the anniversary.

War memorials are a valued part of our heritage.

Carol Pyrah

The war tribute in Front Street, East Boldon has made it onto the list, along with 18 others across the region

Built by communities in the years following the conflict, these memorials are a poignant, physical reminder of the sacrifices and loss.

However, one hundred years on, many have become weather beaten.

Carol Pyrah, Historic England’s planning director in the North East, said: “Over a million Britons lost their lives in the First World War. It’s important that their sacrifice is not forgotten – and that the lessons learnt during that time are as resonant now as they were then. The centenary programme aims to bring us together more closely as a nation to honour the lives and bravery of all those who served. War memorials are a valued part of our heritage and it is absolutely fitting that we cherish and preserve them for future generations.”

She added: “Whether we have relatives whose names are on local memorials, or who fought alongside those who died, we all have a connection with remembrance. I would urge everyone to make sure their local memorial is in good condition. If it isn’t, then Historic England, the War Memorials Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund all have grants and advice available.”

In April Westoe Village War Memorial, on the corner of Horsley Hill Road and Westoe Road, in South Shields was listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 by Historic England.

The First and Second War Memorial was created in 1926 to the designs of J H Morton and sculpted in Portland stone by William Robertson Cliff, of South Shields, at a cost of £1,105.

For more information on the grants available, visit www.warmemorialstrust.org/grants.