Tuesday, January 09, 2007

For our heroes

Gazette campaign draws response

I was heartened when the Shields Gazette decided to get behind a campaign to raise the last 3,500 pounds needed to finance the erection of two statues in South Shields Town Hall commemorating the heroic efforts of local recipients of the Victoria Cross.

I had first blogged on this subject back on November 7th. last year when opined that the statues to commemorate Annand and Young will highlight their individual efforts, and they will be seen as representing all the finest of South Tyneside's young men during one of our darkest of hours. So far the Gazette's campaign is progressing well, but I am disappointed to read that some firms are donating as little as fifty pounds each! Poor Geoff Ford, who appears to be coordinating the efforts will need to find at least 70 donors at this rate to reach the target. Surely the business community in this Borough can be a little more generous?

With the suffering that happened along this southern bank of the Tyne as a result of German bombing during the last World War, one might have thought that our "captains of industry" might find it in their hearts to donate somewhat more than a paltry fifty pounds, a sum well within the reach of most individuals. However, it was industry which profited most from the rebuilding work after the Second World War and it's profits were made with the contribution of those who had returned from the fronts to help rebuild South Tyneside.

Come on then businessmen, match the efforts of those who gave a lot more than us in the heat of battle, there are some of you out there who could cover the total costs of this memorial as a solo effort!

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