Special project to mark the war grows in scale

Radcliffe War Memorial.
Radcliffe War Memorial.

A community project to commemorate Amble’s connection to the First World War is growing in scale, and a bid for up to £50,000 of funding is to be drawn up.

Initially, the idea was to apply for a small Heritage Lottery Fund grant to help produce a special booklet, as part of the town’s plans to mark the centenary of the conflict.

But at Thursday’s Amble Town Council, Coun Helen Lewis told members that visions for the project have grown, to make the application stand out and encourage youngsters to take part.

Now the aim is to apply for a larger grant to produce a short film and GPX trail, as well as a booklet and CD.

Coun Lewis said: “Through the use of modern media, we feel a more lasting memorial of Amble’s social history of the period, the families and the men who went to war will be created.

“We intend to illustrate what the town was like then, the living conditions, the employment available and the community activities which took place.”

The project is the town council’s, but is keen to work with other groups.

Amble Mayor Craig Weir said it was a great project.

The town council agreed that an application for the larger grant be made and agreed in principal to make a financial contribution.