A custom-made memorial seat to commemorate Prudhoe Veterans

Following last year’s Remembrance Parade and Service, residents and ex-servicemen Michael Hillary and Craig Sewell contacted Prudhoe Town Council to ask if the Council would support the installation of a memorial seat dedicated to Prudhoe Veterans.  They wanted a seat that was unique and that commemorated those serving by land, by sea or by air, in all combat, past and present.

They started fundraising immediately and quickly raised over £800.  It was expected that one seat would be installed in time for Remembrance this year and another later, following more fundraising.  However, goodwill and determination has resulted in the two seats Michael and Craig envisaged, the first of which has been installed today.

Those who donated were asked where the seats should be located in the town and their wishes will be honoured.  The first has been installed opposite the Dr Syntax at the Road Ends, very near the Lychgate War Memorial.  The second seat will be installed tomorrow, on ‘The Glade’ near the Royal British Legion Memorial Plaque.

The project has been a labour of love for ex-serviceman Peter Curry PC Steel Fabrications and Lee Heslop of Tyneside Lasers.

Michael and Craig are delighted with the finished result, and even more pleased that both seats will be in place in time for our townsfolk paying their respects this Sunday.