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07 July 2017

A NEW SEAT in memory of the late Alderman Milburn Douglas, was unveiled on Bridge Road, Lynemouth, on Friday, 7th July, 2017

His widow, Mrs. Ann Douglas of Widdrington, performed the unveiling of the new seat, which has been donated by Lynemouth Parish Council.

Then the Chair of the Parish Council, County Councillor Liz Dunn, presented the Honorary Freedom of the Parish of Lynemouth to Mrs. Ann Douglas in recognition of Milburn Douglas’ eminent service and contribution to the well-being of the area.

The date was specially chosen to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the shaft sinking at Lynemouth Colliery on 7th July 1927, and a short ceremony also took place to unveil a new coal-mining heritage information board, which has been kindly supported by Lynemouth Power Limited. The public information board commemorating Lynemouth colliery's history has been produced by Lynemouth Parish Council, and written and researched by local historian and author Mr Neil Taylor. Residents and guests were invited to join the Chair and Members of the Parish Council in Lynemouth Miners' Welfare Institute for refreshments afterwards.

County Councillor Liz Dunn said: “This seat will benefit many visitors to the village, which Dougie was proud to represent on Northumberland County Council. He had a strong attachment to Lynemouth and lived here for over 40 years in the shadow of the pit. This information board is also a fitting commemoration of the local coal mining industry and the people that drove the development of this community and will, I am sure, be a great focal point for future generations to learn more about their history and heritage for many years to come.”

County Councillor Milburn Douglas regularly attended parish council meetings to report on matters of interest and often liaised with Northumberland County Council on behalf of the Parish Council. With regard to ‘Dougie’s’ connection with Lynemouth, he proudly represented the Lynemouth Ward on Northumberland County Council and had a strong attachment to the village where he lived for over 40 years [1969-2011]. He was Mayor of Castle Morpeth in 2005-06; 2007-08 (2nd term); and Honorary Alderman 2009.

“In memory of Councillor Milburn Douglas in recognition of his outstanding service to this community” is inscribed on the seat.

The citation on the Freedom scroll reads: “At a meeting of the Council it was unanimously resolved to grant Alderman Milburn Douglas the Honorary Freedom of the Parish. We the Council grant him this highest honour we can bestow for the valuable and eminent services rendered to the community of Lynemouth by him for many years. During that time he has served in many positions and conducted exceptional work, service and other worthy undertakings. We loudly applaud his valuable and sterling service whilst thanking him most sincerely.”

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