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WARM WELCOME ... clockwise from front left, Coun Tracey Dixon with businessman Bob Latimer, Coun Sylvia Spraggon, Ernie Tweddell of Whitburn Festival Committee, Coun Peter Boyack and John Briggs of Owen Pugh.
WARM WELCOME ... clockwise from front left, Coun Tracey Dixon with businessman Bob Latimer, Coun Sylvia Spraggon, Ernie Tweddell of Whitburn Festival Committee, Coun Peter Boyack and John Briggs of Owen Pugh.
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BENEVOLENT businesses and residents have left no stone unturned in a bid to welcome visitors to a South Tyneside village.

A new gateway stone, bearing a sign saying ‘welcome to Whitburn’, is taking pride of place, thanks to a community-spirited effort.

It’s nice to have a clear marker between the Whitburn and Sunderland boundary, welcoming people to the village

Bob Latimer

The stone stands in the village’s Bents Park Road at South Tyneside’s boundary with Sunderland.

The welcome sign was funded by Whitburn’s residents’ group and was fitted to the stone’s face by seafood deli owner Bob Latimer.

Mr Latimer also supplied the colourful floral planters surrounding the stone.

He said: “We were delighted to be involved with the sign. It helps to make the area look attractive, and it’s nice to have a clear marker between the Whitburn and Sunderland boundary welcoming people to the village.”

The limestone block was donated by Owen Pugh Aggregates, which operates nearby Marsden Quarry.

The stone is one of four large boulders supplied by the quarry to act as markers along the coastline.

Whitburn and Marsden ward councillors Peter Boyack, Tracey Dixon and Sylvia Spraggon praised the community effort involved.

John Briggs, estates and development manager at Owen Pugh, said: “Marsden Quarry has long been a part of South Tyneside’s industrial heritage, so we were delighted to donate the limestone for the ‘welcome to Whitburn’ stone

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