It was with pride and humility that I stood before the new war memorial at the Dock End, Whitby, and paid a personal tribute to the fallen from two world wars and other conflicts up to the present day.
This simple symbol of self- sacrifice built of Norwegian granite and Yorkshire stone says it all and is totally in keeping with Whitby’s image. A real credit to the town.
I am of an age when I can remember standing on Staithes Railway Station in 1939 with my mother and siblings to watch my father and others from our village boarding a troop train from Whitby on its way to Middlesbrough at the start of the Second World War. Many never to return, these men were the Green Howards.
It was a sight never to be forgotten of soldiers waving and hanging out of the train as it wound its way out of sight to curve its way to Grinkle tunnel and then to pick up others at villages along the way.
So be very proud Whitby of this simple memorial to your fallen. Sentebale.