Disappointment at silhouette no-show

Tommy silhouettes which were due to take their place in time for Armistice Day commemorations in the Berwick area did not arrive in time.

Thursday, 15th November 2018, 9:32 am
A Tommy silhouette to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The poignant, 6ft aluminium figures were ordered from There But Not There, the Armistice 2018 project for the charity Remembered.

The four silhouettes, which cost £750 each, were requested by Northumberland County Council following an approach to councillors by Berwick resident Alan Hughes,

They were due to be displayed at the Berwick, Tweedmouth, Spittal and East Ord war memorials.

Their non-appearance was noted by a number of Advertiser readers, including Sylvia Crombie, who said: “They would have been such poignant reminders.”

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Coun Georgina Hill, member for Berwick East on Northumberland County Council, explained: “We ordered the silhouettes over three weeks ago and were told that the maximum delivery time would be two weeks.

“Despite repeated assurances, including that they were pulling out all the stops to get at least one to us on Saturday, nothing arrived.

“The charity say that they could not cope with demand and were let down by their suppliers.

“I have spoken to residents and community groups over the weekend and there is interest in still having them, for future use and perhaps to incorporate in to some permanent feature.

“The churches displayed the seat silhouettes which were very poignant but it was extremely disappointing not to have the 6ft Tommy silhouettes in time.”

There was better news in Coldstream where a soldier silhouette which had been removed from Home Park last week was returned in time for the Remembrance service.