Bamburgh Castle Estate have contribute to a stunning new War Memorial for Bamburgh Village, which was officially rededicated on Remembrance Sunday.
The striking sculpture, set in a recess hewn from the castle’s base, was carved from a single slab of Green Hornton stone by Andrian Melka and Classic Masonry of North Shields. It is a perfect replica of the original figure of Christ on the cross sculpture that was erected in 1921 by the second Lord Armstrong in recognition of those who gave their lives for their country, including men from Bamburgh village who were killed in action.
The War Memorial Trust contributed to 75% of the cost of replacing the memorial which had eroded over the years, despite restoration efforts to salvage the original stonework. Bamburgh Castle Estate and Bamburgh Parish Council donated along with donations and support from various organisations including the Bamburgh Heritage Trust.
Francis Watson Armstrong, owner of Bamburgh Castle laid a wreath at the memorial on Remembrance Service. He said: “The Bamburgh Village War Memorial is a stunning and very moving tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Bamburgh Castle Estate was proud to contribute to this memorial and to ensuring the memory of those who lost their lives in conflict will never forgotten.”