Shilbottle war memorial to be unveiled by Duke of Northumberland

Shilbottle in Northumberland is finally to have a war memorial, 100 years on from the First World War

The monument to Shilbottle miners
The monument to Shilbottle miners

A war memorial is finally to be erected at a Northumberland village, 100 years on from the Great War.

Community groups at Shilbottle, near Alnwick, have banded together to bring to fruition plans for a permanent memorial for the village which is to be unveiled a century after the First World War.

The village has 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 have long been keen to provide the people of Shilbottle with a proper war memorial.

A fundraising effort has seen up to £17,000 collected with contributions from Shilbottle Parish Council, Shilbottle Village forum and the Duke of Northumberland.

The new planter at Shilbottle
The new planter at Shilbottle
 

The village’s county council Trevor Thorne has also made a contribution from his members’ small schemes budget.

Project leaders chose an obelisk design which will be made from granite by a Bedlington firm, and stand around eight foot tall.

The monument will be 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 will be unveiled by the Duke at a ceremony on August 3, at which it is hoped an RAF Boulmer helicopter will perform a flypast. 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.

Shilbottle Memorial Garden
Shilbottle Memorial Garden
 

“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 are being planted around the village in preparation for August’s unveiling ceremony.

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