South Tyneside Remembers World War One

St Thomas' Church Memorial poem

Where the Cherry Trees Were

"Where the Cherry Trees Were" is the story of one church in South Shields and its community, people who live and worked on Tyneside, in days long gone.

At the heart of the story are the horrific years of the Great War and its devastating consequences.

The author, Patricia Rigg, is a member of South Tyneside Remembers WW1 group at South Tyneside libraries, and used the original church magazines, 1908-1918, in her research. 

The magazines provide a wealth of information, from everyday church life to the St Thomas' men and boys who fought for "God, King and Country" in the most appalling conditions.

St Thomas' Church Memorial poem: Where The Cherry Trees Were