Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas Eve & Tommy

Eleven 0 One & Tommy

Visited my old home town of Seaham Harbour today with my daughter & granddaughter for an ice cream before we visited the cemetery.  
Just opposite the ice cream shop on The Terrace next to the cenotaph is a lovely, moving sculpture marking the centenary of the First World War.  It shows a world weary British Tommy sitting reflecting on the horrors of the war one minute after the Armistice had been declared.
The sculpture was created by local artist Ray Lonsdale & it was intended to be in place for 3 months.  However the townspeople decided to try to raise the cash to buy it & they did just that! Tommy is there to stay. My photograph was just snapped on the hoof with my phone but you can see lots better photographs & read more about it here
Have a wonderful Christmas & a great year in 2015.


  1. I bet everyone is enjoying the sculpture. Here's hoping you had a great time with your daughter and your visit to your home town. Also wishing you a every Happy New Year ahead.

  2. Lovely sculpture and how wonderful that the townspeople were able to buy it!

    Wishing you a very Happy, Healthy and hopefully Prosperous New Year. xx

  3. I am glad that it will stay. I have been doing genealogy and have discovered that most of the men in my blood line have served in wars. I really dislike wars. I guess sometimes they are necessary...not sure. The Old Testament talks about them a lot! One day soon...I will do a blog post about them. Happy New Year Winifred! xo

  4. How nice that the townspeople was able to keep this statue in place. Thanks for your visit.

  5. That is a great statue, very easy to imagine a war-weary solider resting like that, thinking.

  6. It was a wise purchase for the town and one to always cherish. Happy New Year to you my dear friend!!

  7. Happy New Year .
    I very much liked the video adout 'Keep Calm and Carry on' in your previous post . I think I'll show it in class to my EFL students. Thank you for sharing it.
    Greetings from Athens, Greece,

  8. Interesting to see Seaham after decades!


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