Fitting new home for First World War miners’ memorial

(from left)  Mayoress Marie Porthouse, Mayor Coun Stuart Porthouse; Keith Wright, of Galliford Try Partnerships North; Martin Routledge, of'Sunderland Museums and Heritage Service and Colin West, of Riverside.
(from left) Mayoress Marie Porthouse, Mayor Coun Stuart Porthouse; Keith Wright, of Galliford Try Partnerships North; Martin Routledge, of'Sunderland Museums and Heritage Service and Colin West, of Riverside.
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A MEMORIAL to Wearside colliery workers who lost their lives during the First World War has been moved to a new home.

The memorial was originally in the entrance of the Washington Colliery Welfare Hall and Institute in Spout Lane, which has been demolished to make way for a new Extra Care facility for the over 55’s.

It has been moved to a new home in the town’s F Pit Museum.

Galliford Try Partnerships North, which is carrying out the Spout Lane development with housing association Riverside, Sunderland City Council, and the Homes and Communities Agency, donated £1,000 towards having the memorial professionally cleaned and reassembled, then installed at the museum.

Mayor of Sunderland Coun Stuart Porthouse was on hand to see it unveiled in its new home.

“Memorials such as this are an important part of our shared heritage and also a reminder of the cost of conflict,” he said.

“By moving it to the Washington F Pit site we hope future generations can continue to appreciate it as a reminder of the sacrifices made to safeguard our freedom.”