New plaque helps honour war heroine

Children from Holystone Primary School including (front left) Louis Davidson (10) and (front right) Becky Mann (10) helped (back row-left to right) Rabbi Aaron Lipsey, Coun Norma Redfearn, the Chair of North Tyneside Council, Frank Lott, pupil Matthew Tansey (11) and Henry Ross-speaking on behalf of the Anne Frank Trust to unveil a plaque at the Rising Sun Countryside Centre at Benton to commemorate Anne Frank's 80th birthday.

Children from Holystone Primary School including (front left) Louis Davidson (10) and (front right) Becky Mann (10) helped (back row-left to right) Rabbi Aaron Lipsey, Coun Norma Redfearn, the Chair of North Tyneside Council, Frank Lott, pupil Matthew Tansey (11) and Henry Ross-speaking on behalf of the Anne Frank Trust to unveil a plaque at the Rising Sun Countryside Centre at Benton to commemorate Anne Frank's 80th birthday.

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A NEW plaque has been unveiled in the borough commemorating the work of one of the Second World War’s most famous heroines.

The new plaque was unveiled last Monday at the Rising Sun Country Park next to a chestnut tree planted two years ago to commemorate Anne Frank’s 80th birthday.

The tree – to the right hand side of the countryside centre at the park in Whitley Road, Benton – came from a cutting from the horse chestnut tree that was outside the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

Anne spent two years in hiding at the house during the Second World War. And it was during this time, through an attic window, that she could see the tree and wrote about it on three occasions.

On May 13, 1944, Anne wrote: “Our chestnut tree is in full bloom. It’s covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year.”

At the plaque unveiling on Monday, North Tyneside Council chairman Frank Lott was joined by members of the Holocaust Memorial Day Committee and children from nearby Holystone Primary School.

They heard about the work of the Anne Frank Trust and why the saplings from the tree were brought to the UK.

Before the event, the pupils had been learning about the story of The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, which tells the tale of a Nazi family who lived near to a concentration camp during the Second World War.

The pupils shared their stories and poems from the events they had learned by reading the story.