New bid to honour war dead

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A NEW organisation is to be launched to push on plans for a County Durham town’s war memorial.

The association which oversees the role in Chester-le-Street is to be dissolved on Sunday, July 17, when there are plans to form a new group to take on the task.

The existing monument in the town, a small obelisk near to the parish church, has been considered inadequate because it does not bear the names of those from the area who were killed in conflict.

Campaigners have been trying to get a new structure erected since 2004 which details the names.

However, the Chester-le-Street and District War Memorial Association has failed to get enough members together to make any decisions at its recent meetings.

It is hoped the new group of people will be up and running soon.

The main aim of its efforts will be to raise more than £100,000 for a granite memorial for Front Street, near to the market square.

Thirty people are needed for the new association.

The first meeting is to be held at 2pm on Sunday, July 17, in the breakfast room of the Lambton Hotel, in Front Street.