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Remembering the fallen

A series of poignant events have been proposed to help Amble commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Coun Helen Lewis has suggested a number of ways to mark the occasion.

One of her proposals is for the town council to hold a commemoration and thanksgiving service on Saturday, August 2, 2014, to be conducted by members of the local clergy.

She said that the descendants of the men in the eight First World War Commonwealth War graves in West Cemetery could be asked to place poppy posies on the graves, while prayers and a large poppy cross could be placed at the Amble and Radcliffe War Memorials.

She also suggested that if enough information about the soldiers and their backgrounds could be accumulated, then a booklet could be produced.

Members were in favour of the suggestions, which will mean that organisations can be contacted about attending the event and work tracing the various descendants can begin.

Come and meet us Arriva, says council after axing of service

A call has been made for an Arriva representative to meet the town council, following the axing of an important bus service.

In February, the company pulled the 20/X20 from Amble Links Estate and Hadston Square, prompting criticisms that it would isolate vulnerable residents.

Last week, Arriva North East’s Paul De Santis attended East Chevington Parish Council and agreed to look at what could be done to possibly resolve the Hadston issue. But Coun Robert Arckless said that Mr De Santis was ‘not sympathetic to reinstating the Amble service’ and suggested trying to arrange a meeting between Amble councillors and Mr De Santis, or another Arriva representative, to keep the pressure on.

Since the cut, Travelsure has put in the 471 to serve the estate on a temporary basis, three times a day, Monday to Saturday. Coun Arckless said it was crucial the bus is used to show a service is needed.

Giant bird to be housed in garden as part of puffin festival legacy

A three-foot wooden puffin sculpture is due to be sited in the High Street garden.

Councillors agreed to the request as part of the build up to the first Amble Puffin Festival, taking place in and around the town from May 18 to June 1.

One of the events planned is a chainsaw sculpture demonstration and a puffin figure is to be carved.

Coun Helen Lewis, who is involved with the event, said: “We have always said we would like something at the top of the street to say ‘this is Amble’ and we thought this would be a nuce opportunity to have something unique to Amble.”

A four-foot-high puffin board is to be placed inside the bus shelter on Church Street and a lamenated programme will be placed on the board each day during the festival.

It is hoped that after the event, school children will create a permanent puffin murial to be sited inside the shelter.