Recognition at last for parish war heroes

A SPECIAL service is to take place to re-dedicate a war memorial in north Northumberland.

The monument in Newton on the Moor was missing the names of two people who died in the Second World War.

Parish councillor David Pettifer launched a project to add names to the war memorial after finding out that some had been missed off.

A few years ago it was brought to the parish council’s attention that the name of at least one person from Newton on the Moor who died in the war had been missed off the memorial.

And after months of research Coun Pettifer found that two names were missing – John Pringle and Major Widdrington.

It is not known why they were omitted, but Coun Pettifer found that they were inscribed on woodwork in the church at Shilbottle, the ecclesiastical parish to which the men would have belonged at that time.

But now their names are to be a permanent fixture on the memorial at the village’s Jubilee Hall as a new tablet is added.

And a ceremony is being held to re-dedicate the memorial with Deputy Lieutenant Ian MacArthur unveiling the new plaque on September 17.

Some roads in the village will be closed for the re-dedication service, which is being held by invitation only.