New statue stands in memory of soldiers

Richard Barnes with the waggonways team who came up with the concept.
Richard Barnes with the waggonways team who came up with the concept.
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To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a statue has been carved in the shape of a soldier.

Standing five foot tall, the ide came from a group of environmental staff at North Tyneside Council.

And the statue, next to the war memorial in Holy Cross Cemetery, is surrounded by poppies, also planted by the team.

They thought of the concept for the project while attending a horticulture course.

They felt it would be a fitting tribute to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives during the First World War.

North Tyneside Council’s deputy chairman, Coun Gary Bell, who is also the local authority’s armed forces champion, said: “So many soldiers sacrificed their lives in the First World War, with some of them being no older than teenagers.

“This statue is a symbol of their sacrifice and gives us a wonderful opportunity to thank them and remember the legacy they left behind for us to continue.

“I must, therefore, give my sincere thanks to the team for coming up with such a poignant and appropriate symbol.”

The wooden statue was carved by Richard Barnes.