Honouring a girl called Annie…
April 24, 2022
On May 9th local children will gather in Alexandra Park to witness the naming of a play area as a tribute to a former child of Cramlington.
‘Annie’s Playground’ will honour Annie Green who grew up among the coal heaps of West Cramlington and whose life was tragically cut short when she died during a national outbreak of rheumatic fever in the 1930’s.
The naming ceremony is the first major project co-ordinated by Cramlington Heritage and History Hub which includes Marie Dooley and her members of Cramlington U3A Local History Group, Cramlington Town Council and local historians Barry Stewart, Brian Godfrey and Doreen Morton.
Annie’s nephew Brian Green will unveil a plaque in honour of his aunt, watched by pupils from nearby Ss Peter and Paul’s Catholic Primary School who will be dressed in period costume.
Cramlington U3A Local History Group are presenting the school with a framed photograph of Annie as a lasting memento of the day.
Community choir Sing United will provide music and Cramlington Knit and Natter group have made celebratory bunting and an Annie doll specially for the day.
The ceremony will be led by local councillor Paul Ezhilchelvan who said, “Within Alexandra Park is a play area that Cramlington Town Council has recently spent £100,000 refurbishing to create an exciting, colourful and safe area for local children to enjoy.”
“The naming of this play area will be a memorial to Annie Green and all the young people who died during the outbreak. It will also remind us to be grateful for the beautiful green space that we are able to enjoy today.”