Tribute to fallen appeal raises £14,000

An appeal to restore one of the country's most important war memorials has raised over £14,000 since it was launched earlier this year.

An appeal to restore one of the country's most important war memorials has raised over £14,000 since it was launched earlier this year.

The restoration of the Renwick Memorial, titled The Response, fronts the Civic Centre in Newcastle. It has been supported through the Lord Mayor's Centenary Appeal and Newcastle City Council.

It has also received backing from veterans' associations in the North-East.

The total cost of the restoration is expected to be around £35,000 and the appeal has made a bid for £10,000 from the War Memorial Trust.

It is hoped that restoration work can take place between the Falklands 25th Anniversary Commemorations this June and Remembrance Sunday in November, as the memorial will be the main focus of this year's Remembrance Sunday Commemorations as upgrading and refurbishment work will be taking place at Old Eldon Square.

The memorial commemorates the raising of B Company the 9th Battalion and the 16th, 18th and 19th service battalions of the Northumberland Fusiliers by the Newcastle and Gateshead Chamber of Commerce in October 1914.

The graphic column is headed by drummer boys, while further back men are seen taking leave of their wives and children.

The monument was commissioned by local shipowner and MP for Morpeth Sir George Renwick and Lady Renwick to mark the raising of the commercial battalions of the Northumberland Fusiliers and in gratitude for the safe return from the war of all five of the couple's sons.

The memorial was unveiled on July 5, 1923, by the Prince of Wales.

Diane Packham, Lord Mayor of Newcastle, said: "I am delighted that so many people have already donated to this appeal to restore such and important monument to the city's brave servicemen and women.

However, there is still plenty of work to do to make sure the Renwick War Memorial is brought back to its former glory in time for this year's Remembrance Sunday Commemorations."

Cheque donations should be made out to the Renwick War Memorial Appeal, c/o Ian Humphries, Lord Mayor's Chambers, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QA.

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