Ashington Memorial Garden
Ashington Town Council has responsibility for the maintenance and care of the War Memorial located on Kenilworth Road.
In 2014 the Town Council commenced a project to develop the 'Ashington Memorial Garden' to improve the memorial and make environmental improvements to the wider park area. It was widely recognised that this area was 'not fit for purpose' for the Remembrance Day Service and Armed Forces Day events. There were significant omissions and errors on the existing plaques relating to WWI and WWII as well as no recognition of conflicts after WWII.
A Working Group was developed to oversee the project and included the Ashington Branch of the Royal British Legion, Western Front Association and local historians. Extensive research was carried out to develop new plaques for an enhanced War Memorial that would fully recognise over 1,000 people from the town who made the ultimate sacrifice in the two world wars. A Memorial recogising service in conflicts after WWII was also developed as part of the plans as well as the wider environmental improvement works. The project also worked with local schools to develop information boards that are placed within the Garden relating to military themes. The project was completed in October 2015.
Although Ashington Town Council has no legal ownership or responsibility to maintain the Bothal War Memorial, situated next to St Andrew's Church in the village, we have worked with interested parties to maintain and improve the Memorial. A project to clean, re-point and replace the WWI memorial stone was carried out in 2013 and ensures that the Memorial remains in a good condition to honour those from our community that made the ultimate sacrifice for the country.