Blue plaques installed at commemorative event

One of the blue plaques placed by Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project.

One of the blue plaques placed by Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project.

A further four of Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project’s blue memorial plaques were installed on properties in Northumberland Square as a part of the commemorative event on Sunday.

More than 30 plaques have been installed at homes in North Shields and Tynemouth.

And the newly created Memorial Garden was opened in Linskill Community Centre on Sunday when the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Sir Nigel Sherlock, who had addressed the commemorative event earlier, met the volunteers, including members of the Coast Explorer Scout Unit who had worked for months to create the garden, which is now open to the public from 9am on all days when the Linskill Centre is open.

Two plaques were placed at 7 Northumberland Square, where Mrs Sophia Brown, was to receive the heart-breaking news that both her sons had been killed on the same day (September 4, 1916) during fighting on the Somme.

The Lord Lieutenant unveiled their plaques in a simple ceremony when Dr Dan Jackson of the project recounted the story of the two brothers – full details of which can found at

As the staging of the project’s specially commissioned play – Death at Dawn – by north east playwright Peter Mortimer approaches, from September 1 to 6, at Linskill Community Centre, an auction and night of entertainment in support of the costs of staging the play will be held at the Quay Tap House on Western Quay, Fish Quay, North Shields on Wednesday, August 13, at 7.30pm.

Admission is free to support the community production by Cloud Nine Theatre Company.

The Information Centre in Front Street, Tynemouth (next door to the library), is open daily throughout the school holidays from noon until 4pm.

To access the project database, visit

Anyone with information about anyone killed or died as a result of the war is asked to contact the project.

The project workroom at Room B9, Linskill Community Centre, Trevor Terrace, North Shields, is open from 10am to 1pm each weekday for visitors and for anyone interested to learn more about the project or how to get involved.

The address for correspondence is c/o Essell, 29 Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1AR.




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