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Service For New War Memorial

A new War Memorial is being re-dedicated at a special service for everyone in South Shields this weekend (Sunday 19th May).

The Mayor, Councillor Joan Jackson will welcome local MP David Miliband, veterans' organisations, councillors, schoolchildren and local residents to the ceremony on Sunday in West Park at 11.30am.

The replacement Memorial is a simple, but noble designed obelisk bearing the original inscriptions and a re-dedication detail on a separate plaque. It replaces the old West End War Memorial that was dismantled by the Council earlier this year following repeated graffiti and vandalism attacks.

The Memorial has been re-sited in the Bowling Green area of the park, which is an attractive and more secure setting for it. After the formal ceremony the Mayor will invite eight children from nearby Stanhope JMI School to plant commemorative bulbs while the South Tyneside Health Care Trust Band performs on the bandstand.

Councillor John Temple, Deputy Leader of the Council, and the man behind the West End Memorial Project says: "I am pleased that after much hard work by members and officers of the Council, we now have a new War Memorial for the west end of the town, of which the whole community can be proud.

"The Memorial is a fitting tribute to those who served their country during two world wars. It has been erected in a beautiful, tranquil and safe environment and further enhances the West Park."

Councillor Temple adds: "The West Shields Community Area Forum should be congratulated for making the funds available for this project and we are delighted that David Miliband MP has agreed to re-dedicate it on Sunday.

I hope that as many people as possible attend the ceremony and come along to the park to listen to the South Tyneside Health Care Trust Band, who will perform on the bandstand after the formal ceremony. We want Sunday to be an event that can be enjoyed by everyone in the community."

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