Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Battle to Save the Past; Memorial in Need of Funds

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Battle to Save the Past; Memorial in Need of Funds

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Byline: By DAVE ROBSON

NEW efforts are being made to ensure a fading war memorial honours fallen comrades for many years to come.

The Smith's Dock Parkwar memorial in Normanby has seen better days.

The park was created in the 1920s. When Smith's Dock closed in 1986, a trustees' fund was set up to maintain the memorial, which honours former employees who died in the First and Second World Wars. Names of those who died in 1940 during sea trials of a vessel built for the French Navy are also inscribed.

But time and a lack of funds is taking its toll. And last April, the Gazette highlighted the problems associated with youths causing havoc in the area.

Now Liz Chambers, chairman of the Middlesbrough Military Celebratory Association, hopes to pull enough support together to secure grant funding and safeguard the memorial's future.

Interested parties, including council officials, are invited to a meeting at 9.30am tomorrow at the Smith's Dock Bowling Club, with parking at the Parklands pub on Skippers Lane. …

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