South Shields Freemasons create lasting tribute to war heroes

South Shields Freemasons raised funds for a memorial bench in Harton Cemetery.
South Shields Freemasons raised funds for a memorial bench in Harton Cemetery.

A new tribute to the area’s war heroes has been unveiled in South Tyneside.

South Shields Freemasons came together to raise funds for a lasting tribute to those who lost their lives during the First World War.

A new memorial bench was unveiled and dedicated in Harton Cemetery, South Shields, after funds were raised by South Shields Freemasons.

A new memorial bench was unveiled and dedicated in Harton Cemetery, South Shields, after funds were raised by South Shields Freemasons.

A bench has been unveiled in Harton Cemetery, South Shields - displaying the silhouettes of soldiers and bearing a moving dedication that said it was in honour of those who lost their lives in the Great War.

The tribute somes as members of the Freemasons in the town managed to raise around £900 for the lasting tribute, which also honours those who have lost their lives in battles since the First World War.

Around 40 Freemasons of South Shields members came together to see the bench officially unveiled in Harton Cemetery.

Rev. Ron Black made a moving dedication at the event.

He said: “This bench has been placed here as a memorial to the ending of the Great War of 1914 – 18 in which so many gave their lives in the cause of peace and freedom.

“May all who use this bench and take rest upon it be ever mindful of all those men and women who served and died in that conflict, those who have served in all past conflicts and those who serve now and in the future.”

Freemason Gordon Finch said: “The bench was dedicated to those who had lost their lives in the Great War and those who have lost their lives in war since then.

“The unveiling went well and it was a lovely day.”