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Leslie Alwin Wilkinson – RIP

Leslie Alwin Wilkinson – RIP

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Leslie (Les) Alwin Wilkinson (27/4/1924-21/8/2016) aged 92. Les was the father of Terry Wilkinson, a regular contributor to this site and whom many of you will have met at the Remembrance event in May. Les was a...

Remembrance Plaque Unveiling

Remembrance Plaque Unveiling

At long last... Remembrance Plaque Unveiling Thursday August 25 at c15.00 East End Youth and Community Centre, George Street, North Shields. The Mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn will unveil the plaque commemorating the loss of the 107 people killed in the...

Commemoration Event – Memories Book

Commemoration Event – Memories Book

As to be expected one or two things slipped our mind on a very busy evening. One was the Memories Book we placed at the back of the church. We really should've mentioned it more even though Terry did talk about it during his introduction. Anyway, a few eagle-eyed folk...

Tonight – Commemorative Event – 75th Anniversary

Tonight – Commemorative Event – 75th Anniversary

It's been a busy start to what will be an increasingly busy day. First thing, Terry Wilkinson was interviewed live by Radio Newcastle and did a fab job. BBC and ITV local tv news are also covering the event and are expected at the church for live news pieces between 6...

GM Winner Clarence Burdis – Photo

GM Winner Clarence Burdis – Photo

With many thanks to Brian Burdis at long last we have a photo of Wilkinson's hero, Clarence Burdis, who won the George Medal for his actions attempting to rescue victims buried in the debris. We've been chasing a photo of him since 2000. Delighted! Medal Citation: The...

Teardrops and Bottle Tops – Programme

Teardrops and Bottle Tops – Programme

Tuesday May 3rd: 6.30pm for 7.00pm (ends 9.00pm) St Augustin's Church, Jackson Street, North Shields. Please note the programme may be amended without notice. Commemoration Event Programme (PDF) Wheelchair user? Access to the church is good but please let us know in...

Commemorative Plaque Commissioned by Relatives of W.A. Wilkinson.

Commemorative Plaque Commissioned by Relatives of W.A. Wilkinson.

A commemorative plaque detailing the air raid shelter disaster has been commissioned and will soon be installed at the East End Youth and Community Centre on George Street on the site once occupied by the lemonade factory. Andy and John Wilkinson, twin great grandsons...

Wilkinsons – Tynemouth Scouts Gang Show 1998

Wilkinsons – Tynemouth Scouts Gang Show 1998

We've just added a video to the site, shared with us by scout leader and 173 friend, Michael Dale. In their 1998 Gang Show, Tynemouth Scouts presented a piece about the Wilkinson's disaster. It's worth a watch, although the quality of the video is not the best - the...

In The News – Commemoration Event

In The News – Commemoration Event

The ChronicleLive have published a piece about our forthcoming 75th Anniversary event on May 3rd. You can see the article at the link below: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/107-people-died-world-war-11164392  

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