Memorial to be erected for Shields artist

Victor Noble Rainbirds grave in Preston Cemetery is currently on marked with a small wooden peg.
Victor Noble Rainbirds grave in Preston Cemetery is currently on marked with a small wooden peg.
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A lasting memorial to a North Shields artist is to be unveiled at a special ceremony.

Campaigners have spent a year on a fundraising drive to erect a headstone over the unmarked grave of Victor Noble Rainbird in Preston Cemetery, North Shields.

And thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Victor Noble Rainbird, they have reached their target.

They were helped by an eight-week exhibition of Rainbird’s work at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre on North Shields Fish Quay.

A total of £6,500 was raised to enable the sculptured headstone to be commissioned.

Dave Young, chair of the Friends of Victor Noble Rainbird group, said: “We were overwhelmed by the support this received from both the local community and beyond.

“Riding Mill-based sculptor Neil Talbot was engaged to produce the stone which he did based around the paintings of Rainbird.”

A formal service and unveiling will take place at Christ Church, North Shields, on March 8 – the 80th anniversary of Rainbird’s death at the age of 49.

Mayor Norma Redfearn will attend and officially unveil the stone at nearby Preston Cemetery.