We Lost Them, We’ve Found Them, We Brought Them Home

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This weekend sees Whitley Bay Rockcliff RFC host a Counties 1 Durham & Northumberland League game against Hartlepool Rovers. The match is the club’s closest home fixture to the national Remembrance weekend where both teams will be playing for the Royal British Legion Poppy Sword. 

Whitley Bay Rockcliff has released a special commemorative match programme featuring the stories of fallen members for this weekend’s game. It can be downloaded here.

On Saturday the club will also be unveiling a new outdoor memorial to fallen members of the club in World War One and World War Two. This is the culmination of a two-year  project conducted by the WBR History Society which is led by members, Richard Bloomfield, Michael Knott, and Eric Brooks.

The society has created a record of members who lost their lives during World War One, something that until recently had not existed at the club, so putting that right became of huge importance to everyone at WBR. The new memorial both recognises and honours them.

The memorial will be unveiled by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Tyne & Wear Commander Ed McNaughy RD, DL. The event will also see local and national dignitaries attend.

During the ceremony, the memorial will be blessed by Reverend Paul Vilaseca (St. Paul’s, Whitley Bay).

Northumberland RFU would like to congratulate Whitley Bay Rockcliff RFC on the completion of their project. It really is a magnificent achievement and we stand with you in remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

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