HALTWHISTLE Town Council has unveiled a new war memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives in service to the country since the end of the Second World War.

The memorial stone, which stands next to the town’s cenotaph and currently has just one name inscribed on it, was put in place in time for Remembrance Sunday, and was blessed by a priest following the Armistice service.

Residents can nominate post-1945 veterans to be added to the memorial, although they will only be added if the veteran was a resident of Haltwhistle.

Coun. John Elliott said: “It’s contemporary. It’s like art.

“What it represents is very important to the town I think, and with it being the 100th anniversary of the First World War it was very appropriate.

“It’s open to both the military and the auxilliary forces. We hope there are no more names from Haltwhistle – but if there are, we will honour them.”

The stone was the final piece of work Haltwhistle Town Council undertook to get the town’s memorial gardens ready for the centenary of the First World War, with around 500 people attending the service.

Community service workers repainted the railings and other metalwork in the garden along with the nearby toilet block, while the planters outside the garden were repaired and tidied up.

The memorial stone, which was donated by local business Northumbria Stone products, was joined by a new bench for the garden. Haltwhistle Boardwalkers contributed £700 towards the bench.