Commemorative project receives a funding boost

Helen Lewis, Jane Dargue and Craig Weir at Amble War memorial.
Helen Lewis, Jane Dargue and Craig Weir at Amble War memorial.

A £12,500 Heritage Lottery Fund grant has been awarded to Amble Town Council for a special community project.

Led by the town council, In Memory of the Fallen will look at the social history of Amble,and its immediate surrounding area.

It will focus on the changes from the early 1900s to around the mid-1920s, both in its built environment, working social life and the effect of the First World War on the community.

During the project, the council will work in partnership with various groups of young people, helping them to learn new skills, including interview techniques and recording skills.

The youngsters will create a trail, as an addition to the Amble GPX, to illustrate aspects of the town’s history from the perspective of the families and individuals who were closely involved in the war.

Assistance will also be given by Amble Development Trust, Amble Social History Group, Warkworth & Amble District Branch of the Royal British Legion and interested individuals.

Community workshops will be held throughout the project to obtain and display information and the final community event will be a commemorative service held on August 2, 2014, organised by the town council.

The information gathered about the town and its surrounding areas, together with the data of the men listed on the town’s war memorials, will be incorporated into a booklet.

Some of the findings and interviews will result in the production of a DVD, creating a lasting record which can be used by schools, libraries and archives.

Amble Mayor Craig Weir said the council was thrilled to receive the funding and believes it is a worthy project.