High school pupils to hold community memory day

The pupils of Marden High School are looking to meet members of the community in Cullercoats with family connections to the old fishing village during the First World War.

The school is staging a special a Community Memory Day at St George’s Church Hall, Beverley Gardens, from 10am to 4pm on Friday, November 7.

Members of the public are being invited to attend and see the work pupils are undertaking as a part of a Heritage Lottery Fund aided project to examine the impact of the war and the role of local people in the conflict.

In particular the pupils are looking to explore the stories of the more than 90 local men who lost their lives in the conflict who are recorded on the war memorial in front of the church.

The pupils’ work will include the research and design of an information interpretation board to be sited alongside the memorial.

A range of activities will be under way throughout the day as several groups with an interest in the history of the war will be on hand to assist anyone looking to explore their own family connections, and to demonstrate the story of the war through displays of artefacts.

Refreshments will be provided and an opportunity to sample some food from the trenches and the home front will be offered to those with a strong constitution.

Pupils will be looking to meet with anyone with memories of the Great War and its aftermath for their family.

The programme will include three readings of war related poems to be given by Stephen Gregory, who played the part of William Hunter in Peter Mortimer’s acclaimed play Death at Dawn, staged recently at Linskill Community Centre.

And members of the Time Bandits re-enactment and living history group will be present to demonstrate First World War militaria, and the Tynemouth project’s large exhibition telling the story of the war in the borough will be on display for ten days in St George’s Church, starting on the Friday and then when the church is open.

Representatives of The North East War Memorial Project will be on hand to offer information to anyone looking to trace their relatives on memorials across the region and to offer advice on how to research a family member who was lost in the conflict.

A series of war themed talks will commence at North Shields Customer First Centre when a regular speaker and supporter of the Tynemouth project, Ian McArdle, MA, will deliver a new talk entitled Sarajevo 1914.

Ian’s previous talks at the Low Lights Tavern, some of which feature in this series, were highly acclaimed.

The series runs from Thursday, November 6, to Thursday, December 11.

Talks, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, are free but prior booking is essential either by calling (0191) 643 5270, e-mailing northshields.library@northtyneside.gov.uk or in person at North Shields library.

After Sunday, November 2, the project’s Information Centre in Front Street, Tynemouth, will only open on Sundays from noon to 4pm until spring 2015.

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 4pm 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.

To access the project’s online database go to www.tynemouthworldwarone.org