A long-forgotten war memorial commemorating Gateshead men who fell in the First World War will be re-erected this week-end, almost a century after the start of the war which took their lives.
Today (May 10, 2014), soldiers from 103 (Tyne Electrical Engineers) Field Squadron Royal Engineers will build a raised garden in the graveyard at St Mary's Heritage Centre in Gateshead to provide a fitting location for a long-neglected memorial which has been out of the public eye for 50 years.
The two-tonne marble tablet was uncovered in 2006 in a corner of a council depot and sparked an investigation into where it had come from.
After a public appeal for information, it was eventually identified as a memorial from the former Park Terrace Presbyterian Church.
A memorial has been created for a popular Teesside MP. Ashok Kumar died in March 2010. Now, as a lasting tribute, a bench has been placed in Stewart Park. Many friends and family attended the unveiling ceremony today, including Dr Kumar's brother Ravi.
The twin brother of PC David Rathband has spoken about the police officer ahead of a memorial service at the weekend. Darren Rathband spent time with his twin in Australia a few weeks ago. He says his brother's death has left a hole in his family's lives.
A memorial service will be held for PC Rathband who died last week. David Rathband was shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat. The 44-year-old traffic officer was found hanging at his home in Blyth, Northumberland, on Wednesday evening. The service will be held next week.