Memorial Plaques and Garden
Following on from the success of our interactive database, commemorative book and exhibition, the project is continuing it’s task with a memorial garden and a series of individual Memorial Plaques on Tynemouth Borough residences (where property still survives) of men who died.
Placing of individualised memorial markers on Tynemouth Borough residences (where property survives today) of men who were killed. Markers have been placed since June 2014,
Almost all plaques have now been installed: circa 300 (March 2018).
Meeting the costs of manufacturing and installing the plaques, boards, memorial wall and provision for ongoing garden maintenance is estimated at £10,000.
Donations for the continuing maintenance of the Memorial Garden and Blue Plaque programme can be made in person at the Project Workroom (B9) Linskill Centre or at Essell Offices, 29 Howard Street, North Shields. You can also make donations by cheque, payable to Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project. Or donate online by clicking the donate button below.
The restored garden was opened on 3rd August 2014; panels showing casualty names, street-by-street were dedicated on the 25th October 2015.
A commemorative metal sculpted poppy was installed in the garden on Saturday 11th November 2017. Presented by M. Eric F. G. Donjon, Consul Honoraire (France) for the North East of England, to mark the centenary of the Battle of Arras (April – May 1917) in recognition of the many local men who fought and died in that campaign.
The memorial garden is open to the public daily – Monday to Sunday 9 am to 5 pm.
During August 2013 TWW1 volunteer Valerie Huxtable (sadly deceased 2018) had the idea of creating the garden and started work on her own but it was to much for one person. She enlisted the help of the Tynemouth Coast Explorer Scouts and the site was transformed. The Garden was incorporated within the main project. We were fortunate enough to get sponsorship from Brambledown Landscape Services who supplied around £1,000 worth of plants, which you see today.
The project was also lucky to get the services of Alan Billany who used to work in North Tyneside’s Horticultural Team. He continues supervising the maintenance with the Scouts.