Council against memorial lighting

Amble  War Memorial.
Amble War Memorial.

Amble Town councillors have objected to a suggestion of installing tasteful Christmas lights on the war memorial clock tower in the town square.

The request has come from the Amble’s Christmas lights committee.

The group wants to extend the displays around the town square.

As part of this, the committee has suggested adding a sensitive display to the war memorial clock tower, along the lines of a poppy or a dove, which the group said was in keeping with Remembrance for the war memorial.

Town council clerk Elaine Brown said she had contacted English Heritage and the War Memorials Trust about the issue.

The groups said that they didn’t recommend it and listed building consent would be needed.

While members welcomed the committee’s plans to extend the lights, they felt it wasn’t right to decorate the memorial clock tower.

Coun Jeff Watson said he was dead against it, while Coun Lewis added: “I don’t think it is appropriate. It is a listed building.”

Mayor Coun Craig Weir added: “It would be nice to know what their ideas are, other than the clock tower.”