Hero World War Two pilot immortalised in glass

Unveiling of a memorial to Flying Officer Cyril Joe Barton VC at Hopewood park, the new �50 million mental health hospital that's replacing the old Cherry Knowle.
One of Cyril Barton's sisters, Joyce Voysey, picture alongside part of the memorial with the bouquet of flowers she was presented.

Unveiling of a memorial to Flying Officer Cyril Joe Barton VC at Hopewood park, the new �50 million mental health hospital that's replacing the old Cherry Knowle. One of Cyril Barton's sisters, Joyce Voysey, picture alongside part of the memorial with the bouquet of flowers she was presented.

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A HERO pilot who averted the deaths of dozens by bravely steering his plane away from Sunderland homes has been immortalised in glass.

Seventy years to the day since Pilot Officer Cyril Barton flew a badly-damaged Halifax Bomber clear of houses in Ryhope, a striking glass artwork was yesterday unveiled at the new Barton Centre at Hopewood Park.

Remains of fuselage and schoolboy Alan Mitcheson, circled. Inset: Cyril Barton.
Remains of fuselage and schoolboy Alan Mitcheson, circled. Inset: Cyril Barton.

It will stand as a permanent reminder to the young aviator who made the ultimate sacrifice near to the new mental health hospital, which is being built on the site of the former Ryhope General.

 

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