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Blue Plaque Unveiled to Honour South Tyneside Doctor

A commemorative blue plaque was unveiled in South Shields today in memory of a South Tyneside doctor.

The plaque pays tribute to Dr Anne Seymour who ran the A&E department at the Old Ingham Infirmary in South Shields for many years.

Anne Seymour was also renowned for her charity work where she supported refugees and asylum seekers across the Borough.

The plaque was unveiled by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Norman Dick, at the site of the Old Ingham Infirmary on Westoe Road as Anne's friends and loved ones looked on.

The Mayor said: "This heritage plaque is to pay tribute to Anne Seymour's contribution to South Tyneside.

"To have such outstanding people contributing selflessly in South Tyneside and leaving an amazing legacy of memories from the many people who knew her personally or the many patients who came across her is a testament to her life's work.

"This blue plaque is to ensure Anne's memory is preserved in the town she contributed much to."

The plaque has been funded by parishioners from St Gregory's Church as well as Anne's friends and is part of a commemorative plaque scheme run by South Tyneside Council.

Michael Dickson, Chair of St Gregory's Finance Committee, said: "Anne applied her professional skill unsparingly and any free time was used helping those she saw in need through either direct, personal intervention or working with faith or volunteer groups.

"Anne genuinely cared for people, loved children, was sensitive toward the elderly and was utterly without ego. We are all the better for knowing her and continue to miss her."

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