A war memorial has finally been unveiled at a Northumberland village, 100 years on from the Great War.
Community groups at Shilbottle, near Alnwick, banded together to address its lack of a permanent memorial with their efforts unveiled yesterday. The village had no memorial with only a roll of honour to its war dead which moved from its miners’ institute to St James’ Church when the former was sold.
Remembrance services have always been held around the roll yet community leaders had long been keen to provide the people of Shilbottle with a proper war memorial.
A fundraising effort saw £17,000 collected with contributions from Shilbottle Parish Council, Shilbottle Village forum and the Duke of Northumberland.
The village’s county council Trevor Thorne also made a contribution from his members’ small schemes budget.
Project leaders chose an obelisk design which was made from granite by a Bedlington firm, and stands around eight foot tall.
The monument is sited beside the village’s memorial garden - home to a memorial to miners of Shilbottle and Whittle who died from mining related diseases - at Green Hut corner.
It was unveiled by the Duke and his wife, the Duchess of Northumberland, at a ceremony yesterday.
Parish council chairman Tommy Scott, who was persuaded to stay on in the role into his 80th year to help bring his long-held dream of a war memorial to fruition, said: “We just wanted a village monument because it was a shame on Remembrance Day just having a piece of wood with all their names on.
“People can not go and see it through the week. We want a monument where people can sit down in the remembrance garden and see it. We feel they are entitled to such an honour anyway when they die for their country.”
Fellow councillor Elisabeth Haddow added: “For many years the villagers have been asking for a village war memorial and we thought this would be an ideal time. It has been a really good combined effort.”
In addition to the new memorial, a new planter has been created in the village which bears the combined Services insignia. Around £900 worth of flowers were planted around the village in preparation for the unveiling ceremony.