Tribute to our war heroes

Members of Brothers in Arms. left to right; Janice Murray, Carla nd Tom Cuthbertson, Benda Gooch and Linda Fisken.
Members of Brothers in Arms. left to right; Janice Murray, Carla nd Tom Cuthbertson, Benda Gooch and Linda Fisken.
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A ROLL call of names for Sunderland’s new Memorial Wall is being gathered.

The tribute to Wearside’s fallen heroes is to be built next to the War Memorial in Burdon Road, in the city centre.

An artist's impression of the Brothers in Arms wall.

An artist's impression of the Brothers in Arms wall.

The Sunderland Memorial Wall will remember servicemen and women who have died in conflict, training, special operations and non-conflict operations since the Second World War.

Funds for the wall were raised by Brothers in Arms, a group of Wearside families who have lost loved ones in conflict and training in recent years.

They wanted to recognise the ultimate sacrifice made by the city’s servicemen and women.

A list of names to be engraved on the memorial wall is now being put together.

Tom Cuthbertson, whose son Nathan was killed in Afghanistan in 2008, has been among those raising money for the permanent tribute, along with local people, organisations and businesses.

The 41-year-old ambulance worker, from Tunstall, said: “We have all worked tirelessly hard for over two years to get the memorial wall up and now it has come to the final stage, we just need to applications in.

“It means so much to us to get the names on.

“It will be the final piece of the jigsaw and the wall will look so much more poignant with our sons’ names on.

“The wall completes our achievements.”

Sunderland City Council donated land for the wall and the project has been backed by council leader Paul Watson.

Although work on the memorial wall is expected to start next month, the group will continue raising money for an emergency fund.

The deadline for applications is Friday, June 10. A roll call reminder will be made each year.

Application forms and information is available from Julie Knox on tel. 561 1330.

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