Seaham group issues appeal for forgotten war memorials

PRIDE OF PLACE: Derek Bland with one of the war memorials the group already knows about in Dawdon Welfare Hall.

PRIDE OF PLACE: Derek Bland with one of the war memorials the group already knows about in Dawdon Welfare Hall.

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A SEARCH is under way to trace a town’s memorials to its war dead, to help preserve them for future generations.

The Friends of Seaham War Memorials group is compiling details of the monuments as part of its work to protect them and raise awareness of the lives lost.

Members know about the large outdoor memorials. Work is being carried out on the cenotaph at the town park and the one on the Terrace Green is the focus of Remembrance Day services.

However, they believe there are a number of others in locations around Seaham.

The group is aware of those in St Hild and St Helen’s Church, the Salvation Army citadel and Dawdon Welfare Club, but believe there are others in places of work, other chapels and public buildings.

Derek Bland is secretary of Seaham’s branch of the Royal British Legion, which is part of the campaign group.

He said: “There are some we’re not sure about and there was some talk of one being in the old Co-op building in Vane Terrace, but we can’t get in there and also one in the old Co-op in Dawdon.

“We’ve found a shield. It was minging, but we cleaned it up.”

A record of the memorials covering all conflicts and detailing those who died in them, will be published once complete.

The group, which also includes Seaham Town Council and historians, meets at 10.30am on the third Thursday of the month at Christ Church Hall, off Station Road.

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