TURSDALE WAR MEMORIAL.
The Parish Council has taken a decision to replace the statue that once stood on the Tursdale War Memorial before November 2018 to mark the Centenary of the end of World War 1. Damaged in the 1970’s the whereabouts of the original isn’t known and it is proposed that it be replaced in steel with a work by Ray Lonsdale, whose giant work of a WW1 soldier can be seen at Seaham. The pose is of a soldier in battle dress taking a second to have a drink and longing for the war to be over so that he can return to his Durham home. It is titled “Not much to ask.”
The words to accompany the work are:-
“I need to put this gun away,
Put it away and move back from this place.
Back from the dirt, through the grass, then over the sea.
Put this gun away and close my eyes.
Then see without having to bear witness,
Listen without being forced to hear,
And just stand,
Just stand at peace in my Durham home.
The Parish Council will be seeking grants and contributions from local firms and organisations as well as meeting part of the cost itself. This method provides individuals to make a donation and nurture a sense of ownership and pride.