New clock dedicated to Sunderland Zeppelin attack victims

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WEARSIDE residents have time to reflect on the sacrifices of war with a new memorial clock.

The 16ft clock, was unveiled in a service of dedication by Deputy Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Barry Curran, just before the 11am two-minutes silence.

The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Barry and Carol Curran unveil the new clock at the Wheatsheaf junction to commemorate the sacrifices of the First World War.

The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Barry and Carol Curran unveil the new clock at the Wheatsheaf junction to commemorate the sacrifices of the First World War.

Funded by the North Area Committee of Sunderland City Council, the £16,000 clock has been erected to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Situated at the Wheatsheaf pub junction in Monkwearmouth, the clock is dedicated to the city residents who lost their lives in a Zeppelin raid on Sunderland on April 1 1916. Sixteen people were killed that night and a further six, of the 25 seriously hurt, died at a later date from their injuries.

Coun Curran, said: “Every year we remember the thousands of people who made the ultimate sacrifice. What we must never forget though is the Home Front where civilians were also caught up in conflict and this is what happened here in Sunderland with the Zeppelin raid.”

Two children from Southwick Community Primary School, Dionne Coates, 10, and Connor Dale, 11, went along to the dedication to represent their school.

Dionne said: “It is good to come and remember all the soldiers and other people who died.”