Repleacment war memorial largeA REPLACEMENT First World War Memorial commemorating the lives of local men from Gjers Mills’ Ayresome Ironworks is to be formally unveiled by Fr Glyn Holland and Mayor David Budd on Monday, June 20 (1.30pm – 3pm) at All Saints’ Church in Middlesbrough. 

Part of the Heritage Lottery Fund-supported ‘They answered their Country’s Call’ project, which takes its name from text from the original war memorial previously on display at the town centre church before it was damaged in 2007, the event marks a highpoint of activities by the project. 

They answered their Country’s Call’ has already included school visits to a local foundry, poetry slams, community events, music performances, the development of new education resources, a pop-up exhibition and digitisation of unique historical documents. 

Project Manager Dr Tosh Warwick said: “We are delighted to welcome the community to join those already involved in the project to celebrate this significant contribution to Middlesbrough’s First World War heritage.

“With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and local partners including the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough Libraries, Teesside Archives and William Lane Foundry, the project has allowed valuable heritage activities to take place and new resources to be generated to ensure the community can explore this important part of our town’s history.”

Members of the public are welcome to attend the event. Those interested in attending are asked to arrive at the Church by 1.15pm for a 1.30pm start.