Skelton and Brotton Parish Council Remembers…
What started as an idea at a Parish Council Meeting in November 2017, to shelter those resting on the seat at ‘Chemist Corner’, High Street, Brotton, developed into the installation of a beautiful seat and canopy remembering those who have given their lives during conflict.
Skelton and Brotton Parish Councillors check out the seat in the Autumn sunshine. From left to right Cllr Angus McDonald, Cllr Mrs Margaret Whitehead, Cllr Mrs Lesley Ann Dauncey, Cllr Terry Dauncey, Cllr Trevor Welburn, Cllr Mrs Kay Walker and Cllr Mrs Julie Craig.
The idea was originally put forward by Cllr Brian Hogg, for a canopy to cover the existing seat at ‘Chemist Corner’, High Street, Brotton. Local residents using the seat would often be hit by falling twigs and debris from the trees above.
When War Memorial seats were installed at St Nicholas Church in Guisborough, Cllr Mrs Margaret Whitehead suggested incorporating such a design into the project due to its close proximity to Brotton’s War Memorial. It was agreed this would also be a fitting way to commemorate the Centenary of the end of WWI, if the project could be completed on time.
Local Blacksmiths were approached with the brief, following consultation from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council Heritage Officer to ensure any design would fit the Village’s heritage.
James Godbold came up with a beautiful design and could meet the tight time scale required.
In the interim period Brotton Improvement Group undertook a project to refurbish the War Memorial itself, plus the gates and railings surrounding it. They approached James Godbold to see if he could conduct the work, incorporating a similar design to the seat/canopy, to tie the two projects together.
They then approached the Parish Council to see if they could assist with funding the project. The Parish Council agreed to fund the refurbishment of the gates and railings and work commenced.
Brotton Improvement Group have also fund raised and organised for the refurbishment of the War Memorial, including cleaning and re-lettering of the inscribed names.
Planning Permission finally came through for the seat/canopy and manufacturing work commenced in August.
The seat was installed on Tuesday 16 October 2018, in time for Armistice Day and the commemoration of the centenary of the end of The Great War.
All refurbishment work at the War Memorial was completed well in advance of Armistice Day, and the War Memorial will be re-dedicated during the Memorial Service.
Feedback from local residents for both projects has been excellent. Both Skelton and Brotton Parish Council and Brotton Improvement Group are proud to have been able to honour the area’s fallen heroes.