Washington County Durham


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Washington War Memorial Centenary


Centenary of Unveiling Ceremony

Formally Unveiled by John George Lambton, 3rd Earl of Durham, on Saturday 5th June 1920

This 'Ceremony' took place during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Sadly, there were no crowds, no formal activities and no ceremonial.
The event was not advertised and a short, simple ceremony was carried out with only five people in attendance:

Mr Les Simpson, Chairman of Washington Miners & Community Heritage Group.
Cllr David Snowdon, Mayor of Sunderland and Mayoress, Cllr Dianne Snowdon.
Mr Ged Parker, Chairman, and Mr Tom Copeman of Washington History Society.

[ Photographer: Tom Copeman - 5th June 2020 ]

Unveiling Ceremony - Saturday, 5th June 1920

The Earl of Durham is seen on left of picture.     -     Scene at the unveiling ceremony.

The Earl of Durham unveiled, on Saturday afternoon, a handsome Celtic Cross to the memory of those of the parishes of Washington and Barmston who fell in the war.
The Cross is placed on the village green at Washington.  There was a large attendance at the ceremony, including many ex-service men and scouts.
Three volleys were fired by the Durhams from the Newcastle depot and the Last Post was sounded.   Relatives with wreaths.
[ Illustrated Chronicle - Monday, 7th June 1920 ]