Amble Town Council decided to hold an event at the appropriate time during each year of the WW1 centenary to commemorate and honour those who gave their lives from Amble and its immediate area.
In 2014 at the start of the centenary, there was a service at the West Cemetery where poppy posies were placed on the WW1 Commonwealth graves. There was a procession lead by the Band of the Royal Fusiliers to the War Memorials where the service continued and poppy wreathes were placed at the memorials. This was followed by a reception for invited guests drawn from civic representatives, various organisations and the community. We also released the book ‘In Memory of the Fallen’ which was about life in Amble and the immediate area and details of research of all of the names on the various memorials to those who died or served in WW1. A grant from Heritage Lottery helped us to do all of this.
In 2015, the anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, a concert was held in the Parish Hall which highlighted the entertainment of that era. Commemorative seats were placed in the Memorial Gardens.
In 2016 an exhibition was held in the Parish Hall, ‘Memories of Amble,’ which displayed some of the background research for the book and concentrated on the men who lost their lives in the Battles of the Somme. There were also historical displays from various organisations which have exist for a number of years in the town such as Amble Social History, Coquet Shorebase Trust, Amble Army Cadets, Amble in old Photographs, Amble’s Footballers; refreshments were served by the Guides and Rangers.
A further two commemorative seats are to be placed in the Memorial Gardens so that all four have been replaced.
2017 will commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele, so we plan to hold an event around 31st July. Suggestions from the community on the nature of an event at this time would be welcome; so far, the idea of having a ‘wartime’ meal has been put forward.