Memorial fund is launched for artist

A scheme to raise money for the erection of a memorial on the unmarked grave of a well-known North Shields artist has been re-launched after a gap of 76 years.

The original scheme, set up by friends of artist Victor Noble Rainbird, was reported as almost reaching its goal back in March 1938, but there is no record of what happened to the funds as they were never used for their intended purpose.

The new scheme, launched by the Friends of Victor Noble Rainbird, has recently been set up by two North Shields residents, Dave Young and David Hirst.

Victor Noble Rainbird, who died in 1936, is buried in an unmarked grave in North Shields Preston Cemetery.

Born in North Shields, he was a well-known character in the town during his lifetime and exhibited his work at the Laing Art Gallery and the Royal Academy.

David said: “It is perhaps a suitable time to relaunch the appeal in the year of the World War One centenary, an event which was to have such a profound impact on Rainbird’s life and one from which like so many he never really recovered.”

A website – – has been set up for the project, and anyone who wants to make a donation to it can send them to Dave Young at 59 Gardner Park, North Shields, NE29 0EA, with cheques made payable to the ‘Rainbird Memorial Fund’.

Visit the website for more information.