A new ‘Tommy’ memorial will be unveiled in Washington this weekend paying tribute to the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Earlier this year, plans were submitted to Sunderland City Council for a ‘Kneeling War Memorial’ in Washington Village by the cenotaph off Spout Lane.
The statue will be constructed out of black metal and depicts a kneeling soldier contemplating a burial cross.
In the run-up to November 11, several businesses and community groups donated time and labour to bring the project to life.
However, the initial spark of the idea came from chairman of Washington Bloom Society (WBS), Joan Atkinson and Clifford Chapman of local firm Clifford Chapman Staircases.
In a joint statement, they said:
“This week that idea came to fruition with the installation of a black metal kneeling soldier holding his grounded rifle in his right hand.
“His hat is removed in reverence to the unmarked grave as the armistice came into force on the 11th hour on the 11th of November 1918.
“The installation is a simple statement of bravery and sadness of those who gave their lives for their country and the freedom we all enjoy today.”
On Sunday, November 11, the statue will be unveiled by Washington and Sunderland West MP, Sharon Hodgson, as part of remembrance events.
A service will start at Holy Trinity Church in Washington at 9.30am before a procession to the cenotaph.
Representatives from the Royal British Legion and other dignitaries are also expected to attend.