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Re-homed war memorial unveiled in Washington museum

Ceremony: Keith Wright (centre), from Galliford Try Partnerships North, joined local VIPs

Ceremony: Keith Wright (centre), from Galliford Try Partnerships North, joined local VIPs

A war memorial listing the names of colliery workers who lost their lives during the First World War has been officially unveiled at the F Pit museum in Washington, in Tyne and Wear.

The monument was put back on public display with the help of a £1,000 donation from our parent company, Galliford Try, and witnessed by the mayor of Sunderland, Cllr Stuart Porthouse.

Cllr Porthouse said: "Washington is home to many veterans and memorials such as this are an important part of our shared heritage and also a reminder of the cost of conflict.

“As we commemorate the centenary of the First World War I’m sure Washington residents will welcome the relocation and refurbishment of this historic war memorial. By moving it to the Washington F Pit site we hope that future generations can continue to appreciate it as a reminder of the sacrifices made to safeguard our freedom.”

The memorial was originally located in the entrance of the Washington Colliery Welfare Hall and Institute in Spout Lane, which has now been demolished to make way for a 79-bedroomed Extra Care facility for the over-55s. 

This is being constructed by Galliford Try Partnerships North on behalf of Riverside Housing Association.

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