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War Memorial Poem Published

War Memorial poem NOW ONLINE

Those of you who were able to attend the Breamish Valley War Memorial Dedication on Saturday 27 October 2018 will, no doubt, have enjoyed the poem ‘To The Fallen Of The Breamish Valley’ by Northumbrian dialect poet James Tait.

James wrote a moving three-stanza poem in remembrance of the 39 servicemen from the Breamish Valley who lost their lives during the two World Wars.

It was also a privilege to have James attend the dedication ceremony in person and to read out his own poem.

The poem is printed in full in the service sheets distributed at the ceremony. However,for those who were not able to attend, we’ve now published the war memorial poem on this website.


And, from this page, you’ll see that you can download your own copy of the poem as a keepsake.

Permanent display

The Breamish Valley War Memorial Steering Group is looking into the best way to publicly display James’ poem in the Community Garden. At present, we’rethinking of having a display board next to the war memorial with James’ poem on it, together with links to the online Roll of Honour, art work of the memorial,etc.

Many thanks!

The Breamish Valley War Memorial Steering Group would like to again publicly thank James for his kindness in both writing and reading his poem and for allowing us to use it freely to commemorate our fallen men.

Where can I read more of James’ work?

A CD of James’ dialect poetry, together with some music (he’s also an accomplished musician), is available in a number of shops in Rothbury. It’s also from his website:

So, if you want to hear more poetry, why not get a copy?


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