THE chairman of a group set up to protect a war memorial is urging people to share their memories ahead of the launch of a new website.
The Friends of Victory Square group was launched after concerns were raised about people dropping litter, drinking, playing football and skateboarding on the memorial, off Victoria Road, in the centre of Hartlepool.
Group members hold regular meetings and have also held events to provide information about the history of the memorial, which is a permanent reminder of the town’s men and women who died in wartime, and also to educate youngsters in town.
Group chairman Martin Sharp is now looking to create a dedicated website detailing the history of the memorial and has also appealed for people to share their families memories of World War One and World War Two and subsequent conflicts.
Mr Sharp said: “The aim of the website is to give some background about the war memorial and what it stands for but also to educate the young people of this town of the meaning behind the memorial.
“The website will be great for educational purposes and we would also like people from Hartlepool, or people with relatives in Hartlepool, to get in contact and share their stories, experiences and photographs from wartime for the site.”
Mr Sharp said the group would love to hear from town people who have experience from any conflict but there will be a particular focus on World War One and World War Two.
Mr Sharp added: “The memorial is an area for sitting and reflecting and contemplating what has happened in the past.
“A place for people to go and remember family members and loved ones.”
The Friends of Victory Square group held their latest meeting at The Peoples Centre, in Raby Road, Hartlepool.
Councillors, residents and representatives from the Royal Air Force Association, British Legion and Hartlepool Combined Services Association have all attended previous meetings of the group.
The plinths that surround the memorial have the names of the 1,800 men and women from Hartlepool who died in the Second World War, subsequent conflicts and some from the First World War that were not originally listed.
It is against the law to skateboard in Victory Square, to play ball games or to drink alcohol.
The maximum penalty for breaking the by-law is a £500 fine.
Anyone who would like to share their memories or photographs is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org