How the Amble Seafarers Memorial will take shape in a lasting tribute to Northumberland's maritime heroes
Plans have been lodged to create a new memorial in a Northumberland harbour town to commemorate ‘those in peril on the sea’.
An application has been submitted to the county council seeking planning permission for a Seafarers Memorial in Amble, to be located next to the war memorial in the Town Square.
The design consists of two anchors resting on a bollard from the original quayside with a chain draped and welded around and at the base.
The whole monument will then be covered in a rust preventative and then black Hammerite metal paint.
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It is envisaged that the finished structure will be under 1.3 metres tall, two metres wide and 2.3 metres in length and will ‘therefore not have a detrimental effect on the surroundings, but blend in well’.
A heritage statement submitted with the bid explains: ‘Amble’s history is closely connected to the sea, its seafarers and the trade which was the original reason for a harbour being built here.
‘Many of Amble’s men and women served in the various branches of the naval services during the world wars, but many of the local men were merchant seamen who helped to keep the country supplied with fuel, food and goods during those troubled times.
‘Amble retains its connection with these services as well as having a fishing fleet based here and large yachting, sailing and sea pleasure contingencies. Amble still supports a Royal National Lifeboat with its volunteer crew and a Coastguard station to help anyone who gets into difficulties at sea.
‘Following conversations with members of the community, it became apparent that many hold the belief that the town memorials are primarily dedicated to the armed forces and aircrew rather than seafarers.
‘It seems appropriate therefore that Amble should have a Seafarers Memorial dedicated to all of those who help everyone in times of conflict, hardship and danger despite the perils they face and the ultimate sacrifice they may be called to make.’
It adds: ‘This memorial, along with the recently erected Peace Memorial, will add to the visitor enjoyment of the area and also be another dimension of our community’s remembrance.’