Pillars will remember World War One fallen

The completed pillars at the entrance to Seaton Carew Park which form part of a First World War tribute
The completed pillars at the entrance to Seaton Carew Park which form part of a First World War tribute

WORK on a lasting memorial to the role Seaton Carew played in the First World War is progressing well.

Two new pillars to the entrance of Seaton Park are now in place thanks to a £10,000 lottery grant.

Granite plaques telling the story of a Zeppelin attack during the First World War will be added soon.

And hundreds of personalised tiles created by school children at Holy Trinity primary School will be fixed to a wall inside the park as part of the tribute.

The project, being spearheaded by the Friends of Seaton Park group, is expected to be completed in the New Year.

Graeme Measor, secretary of the Friends of Seaton Park group said: “The idea came about from a meeting of the friends group where we were discussing the centenary of the war and what we could do.

“There was funding available from the lottery and we had a chat and came up with the design.

“I think the pillars look magnificent. They are quite imposing and I’m really pleased with how they look.”

The friends group expressed their thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the grant, and to ABC construction for their building work.

The next phase of the works, due to be carried out in the coming weeks, will be the fixing of the granite plaques to the pillars.

They will detail how the bodies of two Zeppelin crew who were washed ashore after crashing into the sea were buried at Seaton Carew in 1917.

On November 27, a Zeppelin dropped bombs all over Hartlepool before it was attacked by an aircraft from Seaton Carew aerodrome.

“It means that when people are walking past they will be able to see a little bit of the history of the town,” added Graeme.

A total of 220 pupils drew poppies or put their handprint onto tiles that will be fired by Hartlepotz and put inside the park.

A small celebration event is planned when the whole project is finished.